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J. Pressley Barrett. 

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Life — bondage — freedom — what a picture ! 
No painter's brush can portray, — it exists 
only in the heart. It cannot be seen, it must 
be felt. As in water, face answers to face, so 
in the great sea of human experience, heart 
answers to heart, mind to mind, till we live 
and feel and see as another. Then only can 
we see and appreciate the picture in all its 
varied features, its bold figures and delicate 
outlines, its master touches, here and there, 
till it becomes a scene of rare beauty and 

The story of such a life is before you, deal- 
ing with a living, growing question. Iola 
Graham seeks the truth, walking through the 
terrible fires of persecution, unmindful of the 
sufferings she endures to obtain so rich a 
reward as the crown of her life. 

I trust it may entertain and instruct you 
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to follow along her rugged pathway, as, with 


true womanly courage, she meets error and 
fights her own battles to victory. 

Do not call my story a fiction. It is 
founded on facts from real life. To this many 
an aching heart will bear willing testimony. 

If persons, from whose lives and history 
these characters and incidents have been 
drawn, shall recognize themselves as the pro- 
totype in this narrative, I beg to assure them 
that love for such as are, or may be, in like 
perils, has prompted me to use them for so 
noble a purpose as the good of others. The 
thrilling, heart-reaching scenes through which 
the heroine passes, it is hoped, may awaken 
thought and point to a more excellent way. 
If I may thus prompt and help the creed- 
fettered man or woman to apply the balm of 
relief, before it is too late, my object will be 
accomplished and my reward gained ; and 
then, as in the closing scene, may "Iphedeiah" 
be heard by thousands who now spend their 
days entangled in the galling chains of in- 
tolerance. J. P. B. 

Raleigh, N. C, April, 1886. 


Chapter I. 

Vfy^HE day was dark and the smoke from 
iAM the field of battle floating upon the air 
added to the gloom. The campaign of 1864 
had been fearfully destructive to both life 
and property in Virginia; In no section was 
the damage greater than between City Point 
and Richmond, on the James. 

The home of Gen. Pickett, the Virginia 
hero of Gettysburg, with many others, was 
burned. Among the few of the magnificent 
residences spared from the flames was the 
noted old homestead of " Shirley," com- 
manding a fine view of the river. It was 
built of brick, it is believed, in 1642, and is 
yet in a fine state of preservation and is sur- 
rounded by fertile fields and lovely gardens. 
It is specially noted as the birthplace of 
Annie Carter, wife of Light Horse Harry 
Lee, a soldier of Revolutionarv fame. She 

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was the mother of Gen. R. E. Lee, the hero 
of the Confederacy. 

Here was the battle ground in some of the 
hardest fights of the war between the States. 
It was from this point that General McClellan 
took refuge under cover of his gun-boats 
after the never-to-be-forgotten Seven Days' 
Battle around Richmond. Here, too, Gen. 
McClellan met and repulsed Gen. Magruder 
at Malvern Hill, besides many others, making 
this section of the Old Dominion a field of 

The Union Army in its famous march on 
to Richmond, under the command of that 
chieftain of chieftains, Gen. Grant, was press- 
ing hard upon the Confederates. The turbid 
waters of the historic James were streaked 
with blood from adjoining hillsides, where 
Carnage waved her red scepter mercilessly to 
the death of thousands. 

On the hills adjoining Bermuda Hundreds 
many a poor soldier had fallen, some dead, 
others to die, and a few to recover, among 

whom was George Graham, of Co. , in 

the regiment, under Col. S , all 

of North Carolina. The cannons' roar had 
ceased, only occasional rifle shots from the 





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famous "bushwhacker" were heard. In 
crossing a field George Graham was struck 
by a ball from their guns which crushed the 
kneepan and fractured the main bone of the 
left leg, leaving him in a pitiable condi- 
tion. He was alone, and the shock, together 
with the rapid loss of blood, rendered him 
helpless. For the first time in life he felt 
that he was wading the waters of the dark 
river. He imagined he felt the touch of 
Death's icy fingers upon his brow. His mind 
was clear and he rapidly reviewed his life, 
which, as a Christian, had not been satisfac- 
tory, but his hope was in Christ. The pain 
brought from the thought of death, on the 
battle-field- — away from home, from his 
mother, added to the gloom of this trying 
moment. Then a piteous plea went up to 
God in his own behalf, He cried: M O 
Father, send some ministering angel to my 
rescue— let me not die here on this lonely 
field ; let some hand of mercy minister to me 
in this terrible suffering," 

Almost as if the echo to his own prayer 
he thought he heard the fall of footsteps 
near him. He listened — how anxiously! 
"Oh," said he, "that must be the footstep 


of a friendly comer, who will help a dying 
man. If mother were only here to bless my 
last moments, I could more willingly give up 
the struggle and die in peace ! But I hear 
footsteps, they seem near me," said he, and 
turning his head, just to his right he saw a 
bright, but half-frightened young woman, 
having been drawn out of her way by the 
piteous moans she heard in passing. She was 
a brave girl, or she would never have gone 
alone so near a dvinp; soldier — Heaven bless 
her ! Her first impulse after seeing the situa- 
tion was to flee, if possible, unobserved. 
This her noble heart could not consent to do, 
and drawing nearer she bravely asked : 

" Can I help you?"- 

" Water, please," lisped the parched 
tongue through the pale, trembling lips. 

Remembering a spring near by, Addie 
Trueheart, for that was her name, took the 
dying man's canteen, and in har.te brought 
the cool water to refresh the exhausted sol- 
dier. He drank freely, and taking what was 
left, she bathed the bleeding wound. Look- 
ing her full in the face, with a trembling 
voice he said : 


"You are an angel of mercy, sent to me. 
Thank you, and may God reward you, dear, 
brave little woman." 

11 May 1 not do more for you ?" she kindly 
asked. " Thank you, good friend ; I know of 
nothing more, only when you go home and 
after I am dead, please write to my mother 
and tell her, as tenderly as you can, of my 
death in this lonely field. Tell her that I 
died for my country and that my last mo- 
ments were blessed by the visit of an angel 
of mercy — I mean yourself. Tell her your 
name and what you did to make me com- 
fortable in my dying hour, that I hope to 
meet her in that " Better Land " where no 
cruel war slays men in this barbarous man- 
ner." Then in a moment's silence, as if con- 
templating Heaven, he feebly whispered, 
" Oh, blessed, peaceful home of rest." Again 
looking into the face of the brave little 
woman, he said, " Before you leave me, 
please tell me your name — I shall wish to 
meet you and know you in Heaven." 

"Addie Trueheart is my name," she mod- 
estly answered. 

"Thank you," responded the trembling 


"But," said Addie, ' I would not think of 
leaving you here to die alone. My father is 
a surgeon and we live just over the hill. I 
will go and have you taken to our home, 
where good attention may yet save your 

"Oh, thank you ! — I do thank you — I am 
so thirsty ; more water, please." 

The water was given, and as she turned to 
go, she said, as if to cheer the man, 

" There is hope — let that be the star upon 
which to rest your eyes till help comes. 
May angels watch over you," and the noble 
hearted Addie went to her home for help. 

Chapter II. 

jEACHING home, Addie told what she 
had seen and begged that help be sent 
at once — that the soldier be taken to her 
father's. To this no objection was urged, for 
one could not well withstand the earnest and 
pitiful plea of Addie Trueheart ; though her 
father had some misgivings as to the proprie- 
ty of the step, yet hertender appeal prevailed. 

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A stretcher was improvised, and Dr. True- 
heart, with four strong colored laborers from 
the farm, with Addie directing the way, was 
soon in the presence of the wounded man. 
His removal to the Doctor's home was 
quickly accomplished, and his wounds 
dressed. During the days following, while 
the sufferer was in their home, with a char- 
acteristic kindness Addie sought to make 
him cheerful and happy ; and by much faith- 
ful nursing she hastened the day of his 

After the first attention to the wounds, 
upon entering the room Addie observed a 
decided change — a bright, fresh look on his 
face, and she greeted him with : 

" I hope you are feeling better, Mr. Gra- 

" Oh, very much better — it is one of the 
richest provisions of God's mercy that he 
keeps some angels on earth, in bodily form, 
else this night I must have died on that 
lonely hillside, with no eye of pity to look 
into my face save the twinkling stars of the 
sky. I can never thank him and you enough 
for this timely deliverance ; but your reward 
is sure — God will bless you." 


11 We have only done our duty, and you 
must not give us the praise — it is all due to 
our Heavenly Father. It was so dreadful 
to think of dying on that lonely field ; I am 
glad that we could be of timely service to 
you. But now, father says, you are doing- 
well, and may soon recover. After all, I may 
not have to write that sad letter to your 

" That is encouraging, indeed ; but how 
unfortunate that I should be a trouble to 
you and the family, even for the shortest 
time in which I can hope to regain my 
strength and the use of my disabled limb." . 

" Indeed, we would not have you think 
of that — it will be a pleasure to do all 
we can for you," said Addie. 

"This is May 16, 1864— a day I shall not 
soon forget," he said. And there was good 
reason why he should not forget it. 

During the weeks following, Mr. Graham 
was a great sufferer — some days he was 
cheerful and hopeful, on others he was de- 
pressed and weaker. By July he was rapidly 
improving, and in August, having been hon- 
orably discharged from the army, he sur- 
prised all by announcing his purpose to 

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leave for his Carolina home in a few days. 
This called forth many expressions of regret 
from every member of the family, so pleas- 
ant and companionable had he been during 
his stay in their home. All, from the young- 
est to the oldest, had become warm friends 
to George Graham. He had shown that he 
was not only a cultivated gentleman, but 
warm-hearted and true. 

August 1 8, he was to start for his home. 
As that day drew near, he spent more of his 
time with the family, till the evening of the 
last day of his stay. During all the days of 
his suffering Addie Trueheart had been a 
ministering angel to him, and a sort of im- 
pulse seemed to suggest that the afternoon 
of his last day should be given to her. 

The beautiful lawn, the lovely shade trees, 
and the rustic seats were inviting, and here 
together they spent the precious time of 
that afternoon. The time was sacred, and 
he appropriately used it to make known to 
her his appreciation of the invaluable ser- 
vice she had rendered to him in having saved 
him from a dreadful and an untimely death. 
S^ie observed his eyes intently fixed on her- 
self. At length he said : 


" The thought of leaving you and the 
family, after the events and experiences of 
the past few months, fills my heart with 
strange but sweet emotions. The thought 
that you saved my life strikes the very depths 
of my soul's gratitude. It overwhelms me 
and paralyzes my power of expression, till I 
am speechless. Before you can really ap- 
preciate my feelings, you must realize that 
another has saved your life from the perils 
of death on the field of blood. I look upon 
you as a guardian angel sent by the good- 
ness of Heaven to rescue one so unworthy 
as myself from the very jaws of death." 

" But, Mr. Graham, I would not have you 
feel indebted to us — we have only done our 
duty in caring for you." 

" Indeed, it is a real pleasure to feel that 
I am under obligations to you for service so 
disinterested and so kind. As to your parents, 
I am their servant ; and as for your own no- 
ble self, I can only say, All that I have, all 
that I am, or may be, and if at any time my 
life can be given for your happiness, yours 
is the privilege to command, and I will 

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" I have done nothing to merit such art 
offering at your hands, but as a token of 
your gratitude, I appreciate it. Let me as- 
sure you again that it has been a privilege 
to us, and my chief wish is that God may 
help you to do good to others for his good- 
ness towards vou." 

Chapter III. 

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j|!AY I ask a favor of you, Miss True- 
heart ?" 

" Certainly, sir." 

" Pardon the seeming presumption, but I 
wish your photograph to carry to my mother, 
that she may at least see the image of the 
brave little woman who saved my life when 
I supposed I was already wading the chilly 
waters of death. Besides, I wish it for my- 

" Under the circumstances, and for the 
purpose first named, I cannot refuse you" — 
and handing him a half dozen, she said, 
" make your own selection." 


14 Many thanks! Again," said he, "you 
make me your servant. I will guard that 
photograph to the latest day of my life. It 
will ever call to mind davs never to be for- 

The beautiful " sunset's radiant glow" was 
just then painting the western sky in match- 
less beauty, throwing athwart the heavens 
streams of golden light. Under the enchant- 
ment of such a picture these two devoted 
friends wended their way in the silence of 
admiration to the mansion. 

"When I am gone," said Mr. Graham, "I 
hope your thoughts of me may not be con- 
fined to the trouble I must have been to you 
and the family." 

"With your stay in our home will be asso- 
ciated many very pleasant recollections, I 
assure you." 

Before a reply could be made to this very 
kind remark they had entered the family 
circle, where they joined in conversation 
with others. 

The next morning he left for North 

The carriage being ready, he bade them 
farewell quickly, and, as he pressed the hand 

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of Addie, tears moistened his eyes and his 
lips quivered. He was evidently praying for 
a blessing upon the woman who had saved 
his life. And — then he was gone. His ab- 
sence was a vacancy indeed. " He often 
spoke of others as angels," said Addie, " but 
in truth I feel more as if one had gone out 
from us." 

On August 22d. George Graham reached 
his mother's home and was welcomed as only 
a mother can welcome a wounded boy, re- 
turning from the gory field. 

After the excitement of getting home was 
over, he drew from his pocket a photograph 
and passed it to his mother, saying in a half 
anxious way : " Give me your opinion of that 
face, mother." 

" Why," said Mrs. Graham, " that is a 
good face," and she made no mistake, for 
Addie Trueheart was not only beautiful and 
brave, but good as well. " I judge," said his 
mother, "this must be the intended of your 

" No, mother ; at least nothing has been 
said . as to that, but it is the picture 




Give >ne your opinion of that face, mother. " 

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of the lady who saved me as I lay bleed- 
ing to death on the hills near Bermuda Hun- 
dreds, in Virginia." 

" Indeed, is this the lady of whom you so 
often wrote as your ' ministering angel ?' " 

" Yes, mother — a noble soul she is, too." 

" Her features indicate a warm and gener- 
ous heart," said Mrs. Graham, as she gazed 
steadily at the picture she held in her hand. 
Almost unconsciously she had fallen in love 
with her son's deliverer, and well she might, 
for without her assistance, George Graham 
would have died from exhaustion and loss 
of blood. 

Weeks passed by till the close of the year. 
To George Graham it had been the most 
eventful year of his life. It had not only 
been a period of sufferings, but of blessings 
as well, for, to use his own words, an " angel 
of mercy had been sent, in the person of 
Addie Trueheart, to save his life." 

The New Year came in with as flattering 
prospects surrounding Mr. Graham as could 
be expected in time of war, and yet he was 
not himself — he was restless, dissatisfied 
and sometimes a little melancholy. His 
friends, even his mother, could not account 


for his strange actions. He alone under- 
stood the situation. The real cause was hid 
in the deepest recesses of his heart. Since 
he left Dr. Trueheart's, there had been an 
aching void in his bosom which only Addie 
Trueheart could fill. But how to reach this 
balm for his wounded heart was the question 
hard to answer. She was more than a hun- 
dred miles away, the war was still raging, 
the post routes were broken or intercepted 
by the invading army. A visit in person 
was not only a hazardous undertaking, but 
well nigh an impossibility. Thus forced day 
by day to move on in life without a word, 
or the prospect of one, from the object of 
his affections, he naturally showed the spirit 
of discontent. 

Such was his life till August, 1865. The 
cruel war was ended, the post routes were 
re-established and George Graham deter- 
mined to wait no longer — he must by some 
means reach Addie's ear and heart, too, if 
possible. With this purpose in view, he ad- 
dressed to her the following very modest, 
yet tender letter : 

22 IOLA ; OR, 

Wynan's Falls, N. C, Aug. 25, 1865. 

My Dear Friend : 

More than a year ago I left your pleasant 
home, after the most hospitable entertain- 
ment through months of suffering. During 
those days of darkness your tender kindness 
threw sunshine into my own desolate life. 
Indeed, I felt then, and now feel, that your 
presence is necessary to my happiness. 
Since the day I left your home, I have 
realized almost a constant, and, often, a pain- 
ful sense of your absence. Though I left 
without asking permission to continue our 
acquaintance, I venture to write, believing 
that she who once delivered me from death, 
could hardly turn a deaf ear to a request to 
perpetuate the friendship begun under those 
distressing circumstances. I beg at your 
hands a regular correspondence. It will 
afford some satisfaction in your absence. I 
shall anxiously await ybur answer. May its 
message come with good cheer for me. 
With the highest regards for yourself and 
the family, I beg to remain, 
Your true friend, 

George Graham. 


Chapter IV. 

^tfjSfWO weeks have gone since the posting 
£-JL^ of that letter, but no answer has come. 
This day he asked for his mail in hope of an 
answer, but his hopes were blighted — the 
letter, if there be one, had not come, and 
George returned to his home disappointed. 
He was too much of a man to make in his 
own mind any unpleasant explanation of her 
continued silence, and bravely nerved him- 
self to wait with patience for whatever for- 
tune might have in store for him. 

When he next called at the post office 
several letters were handed to him. He 
quickly glanced over each and saw one di- 
rected in a beautiful handwriting, bearing 
as its post mark "Chester, Va." George knew 
full well what that meant. He quickly re- 
tired to a private room and alone with a ner- 
vous hand opened the letter and read as fol- 
lows : 

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At-Home-ox-the-J,ames, Va., 

Sept. 13, 1865. 

Mr. George Graham, 

Wynan's Falls, N. C. 

Dear Friend : 

Yours, asking permission to renew our war 
acquaintance by correspondence, came Sept. 
6. It was a surprise, for I did not suppose 
I should ever have the privilege of hearing 
from you again. If I can add anything to 
your pleasure by such a correspondence, I 
will count it a privilege. When I think of 
what you have suffered in defending your 
country, I should feel myself unworthy of 
the name of woman were I to withhold from 
your entertainment a mite so small as an 
occasional letter from my pen. 

Your letter awakens many sad and pleasant 
memories of your stay in our home during a 
portion of the war; sad, because of your 
suffering, and pleasant, because of the very 
agreeable associations enjoyed, which linger 
yet as a glad refrain in the memory of those 
days. I am glad to know of your good 


health — that Heaven's blessings rest upon 

I shall be glad to hear from you at your 

Your friend, 

Addie Trueheart. 

Had you been looking into George Gra- 
ham's face, as he read that letter, you could 
never have doubted the sincerity of his devo- 
tion to its author. He read it a second time 
and it pleased him more than at first. Upon 
reaching his home he gave it a third reading. 

At tea his mother remarked that some- 
thing had pleased George unusually, as his 
face was all aglow with smiles. To this he 
made some passing remark, as if she were 
mistaken, at the same time, however, he 
felt the warmth of the blush of true love 
playing upon his cheek. He knew that 
his mother's remark was well founded — it 
was an outward expression of the heart's 
joy in hearing from Addie Trueheart, of 
whom he often delighted to speak as his 
"saving angel." 

Through the night his sleep was blessed 
with delightful dreams. In the morning, 
going out to look after his business matters, 

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he found himself in a very pleasant mood, 
and he really thought it the brightest morn- 
ing he had ever seen. It was not very clear 
to his own mind just why he felt as he did. 
The secret of it all i. c , " the world is full of 
beauty when the heart is full of love." 

" There is beauty in the forest 

When the trees are green and fair ; 
There is beauty in the meadows, 
When wild flowers scent the air — 
There is beauty in the sunlight, 
And the soft blue beams above — 
Oh ! the world is full of beauty 
When the heart is full of love.'' 

That explains it all — Addie Trueheart lives, 
perhaps for him ; that's the truth of it. 

It was only the next day that he availed 
himself of an opportunity to answer that 
letter, as the following will show : 

Wynan's Falls, N. C, Sept. 20, 1865. 

My Dear Friend : 

Your very modest letter came to hand 
yesterday. It was as an oasis in a weary 
land. To know that Addie Trueheart lives 
changes the hopes of this life to me ; and 
more, to know that she cherishes kind recol- 
lections of me, is a joy known only to my- 


self. Time and again it was my wish 
and purpose to write, but mail facilities were 
very poor, and I doubted that it would meet 
your approval. At length, I could wait no 
longer. I am glad to know that my first 
letter met a welcome. 

I can never cease to feel how fully I owe 
my life to your noble efforts — your kind at- 
tention, and through you to the surgical 
skill of your father. Truly, I owe you a debt 
of gratitude for saving my life which money 
can never pay. 

So much as you may wish of my life, of 
my love, of my all, shall be yours. Excuse 
my plain language, it is characteristic of a 
sincere heart. If this statement displease 
you, I ask now, in advance, for pardon on 
the ground that you cannot appreciate the 
emotions of my heart when I think of your 
services to me in a moment of peril. To-day 
I am a well man, and it is mainly due to 
your heroic goodness and service in my be- 
half. If I cannot repay you, God will, for 
he rewards even a cup of cold water given 
in his name. 

Awaiting the pleasure of an early answer, 
I am your grateful friend, 

George Graham. 

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Chapter V. 

( YTy;HIS letter changed the situation. She 
^JL^ had not dreamed of George Graham 
in the role of a lover, and she was not sure 
now even that he meant to be such, though 
his letter really indicated as much. She de- 
termined to answer him without in any way 
recognizing him as a lover. 
Her answer reads : 

At-Home-on-the-James, Va., 

Oct. i, 1865. 
My Dear Friend : 

I feel complimented by the respect you 
gave my letter, even though your apprecia- 
tion may have been governed more by cir- 
cumstances than by the merit of the letter 
itself. No doubt its sincerity and simplicity 
called forth your good words in reply. 

Permit me once more to remind you that 
you owe nothing to myself, or our family, 
for the little service we rendered you as a 
wounded soldier. To know that we did our 
duty in serving you in a time of need is 
ample reward. So let it pass, to live only as 


a green spot in memory, if you wish. If we 
did a disciple's portion, in due time we shall 
reap a disciple's reward — that will be enough. 

You have not mentioned your mother or 
sister; I hope they are well. I know they 
must be happy to have you restored to them. 
We can the more readily imagine the pleasure 
you are to them since we so well remember 
the happiness you added to our family while 
with us. I have often wished, though in 
vain I fear, that I had the precious gifts 
which render one's company so desirable. 
To be sure, one may cultivate the noble im- 
pulses of heart and mind till we reach, in 
part, this standard, so to speak. And this 
will I try to do. 

I am always glad to hear from you. 
Your friend, 

Addie Trueheart. 

This letter gave rare pleasure to Mr. Gra- 
ham, and yet he felt that something was left 
out — unsaid. Certainly, it was friendly 
enough, but mere friendship was not the 
point at stake. Secretly he had loved Addie 
Trueheart from the day he was wounded on 
the field of battle, when he saw the half 
frightened little woman approach him. She 

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gave the cup of cold water and captured 
his heart, and to this day every beat of that 
heart has sent a thrill through his hopes of 
future bliss. From that moment she held 
the key to his life. Now he feels that silence 
is a burden, which he must remove by mak- 
ing known to her the deepest and purest 
emotions of his being, if perchance he may 
win her affections as the chief blessing of 
the life she with rare womanly bravery had 

Moved by the irresistible impulse of love, 
he determined to make the matter as short 
as possible, and in his next letter he wrote 

Wynan's Falls, N. C, 
Oct. 7, 1865. 
My Dearest Friend : 

Your very welcome letter came in due 
time. The good news from my old war 
friends delights me. But, (shall I confess 
it ?) I am so restless and yet helpless. The 
affections of my heart, like the inflowing tide, 
are sweeping over the boundary lines, till 
one bosom cannot contain all the love of my 
heart — will you share with me? I have a 
secret for your ears, and yours alone. I do 


not wish to commit it to paper — may I visit 
you at your home and " face to face" tell 
you of the burden of my heart ? 

I will not take advantage of your sweet 
sincerity ; I will give you an idea of the char- 
acter of my secret. Since the day you saved 
my life on the battle-field of Virginia, though 
unconscious of the fact, you have held the 
key to my heart and my love. My chief 
wish now is that you will consent to bless 
with yours the life you so bravely saved. 

With deepest solicitude I await your 
pleasure. If you grant my request, kindly 
suggest a suitable time for the contemplated 

Your devoted friend, 

George Graham. 

" Well," said Addie Trueheart, " the ques- 
tion is settled — George Graham is in love." 
She with a woman's intuition had known it 
from his letters, and, to own the truth, she 
had feared that her own heart was also a 
captive. Not till now, however, had she 
seriously regarded it as the coming question 
for her consideration. 

Her heart was touched. " Shall I," said 
she, " grant him permission to visit me?" 

32 IOLA; OR, 

As she thus faced this question, a reality, 
she sincerely asked herself, "Can I, do I, 
love George Graham ?" She knew she highly 
esteemed him, but — well, she was not sure 
of the rest. She hesitated to say, Come. 
Days and nights passed — she could not de- 
cide. Finally, she wrote, and this is the 

letter : 

At-Home-on-the-James, Va., 

Oct. 25, 1865. 
Mr. Graham : 

Your letters have given me much real 
pleasure, but your last bewilders me. To 
answer you is to assume a great responsi- 
bility. If for no other reason than past 
associations, I am compelled to say I would 
be glad to have a visit from you. But to 
have you come to give me a secret of such 
magnitude as that indicated in your last 
letter, is a matter you will, I hope, aliow me 
to decide later — perhaps when you come. 
Pay us the visit for the visit's sake, and you 
shall have a hearty welcome. As to the time 
of the visit, you may choose for yourself, 
Our carriage will meet you at Chester any 
day you may name. With best wishes, 
Your friend, 

Appje Trueheart. 


Chapter VI. 

fcjHAT letter is good, yet it lacks much 
^jLlj of satisfaction," said George earnestly 
to himself, but he determined to hasten the 
visit, and wrote a short note saying he would 
reach Chester, Nov. 7. At one o'clock on 
the day named, the carriage returned with 
Mr. George Graham as the only visitor. 
Dr. Trueheart met him at the door and 
gave him a warm greeting. It was the more 
hearty because of the old friendship formed 
during the war. The Doctor led the way to 
the parlor. After a short but interesting 
conversation, he excused himself, and pass- 
ing out, informed Addie of the presence of 
Mr. Graham, with a request that she would 
entertain him during his absence. He 
had no idea of the possibilities of the 

Addie's mind flashed with thought, while 
her face, as an index to the heart, showed 
the evidence of hidden emotions. Having 
become partially self-possessed, she entered 
the parlor and met Mr. Graham. After a 

34 Iola; Ok, 

pleasant salutation, conversation on various 
subjects was kept up till dinner was an- 
nounced. It was a lovely autumn day, and 
late in the afternoon Mr. Graham proposed 
a walk, to which Addie consented. The 
western sky was a glowing picture of sunset 

The walk led down by the spring, nearing 
which, silence got the mastery of the two 
young hearts, in which a thousand thoughts 
revolved, or rather one thought revolved a 
thousand times. At length, Miss Trueheart 
broke the silence, with : 

" Do you remember this field ?" 

" Indeed, I do. I was just thinking of the 
day when you found me, as I thought, dying. 
I think the very spot is just ahead of us." 

" Yes, it is. I judge that is a never-to-be- 
forgotten day in your history," said Addie. 

" It is, truly ; and it is made the more so 
by the fact that on that day you took the 
key that unlocks the door to my heart, and 
it is yet in your possession." 

Addie watched the ground closely, but 
said nothing. Mr. Graham, continuing, said : 

" I told vou in a recent letter that I had a 


secret for you, and you alone. Are you will- 
ing to receive it ?" 

" Mr. Graham, you can tell me the secret, 
if you wish, and my ear alone shall hear it, 
even though I should be unable to treasure 
it as you wish. Of this you may be sure, 
your confidence is appreciated, and will not 
be abused." 

The walk continuing, George was looking 
her full in the face, and his eyes bespoke 
great earnestness as he said, " I love you as 
no tongue can tell or pen portray, and that 
is my secret. 

" Say, my dearest friend, will you just 
here" — and they stopped, standing on the 
very spot where two years ago Addie had 
found him sinking into the arms ot death — 
" will you now, just here, consent to link 
your future with mine, and so add a crown- 
ing blessing to the life you saved?" 

As she stood upon the soil once stained 
by the blood of her present suitor, the siu 
preme moment came, and, looking up into 
George Graham's face, its manly sincerity 
gained the mastery over her heart, and she 
modestly said : 

14 Be it as you wish." 

36 IOLA ; OR, 

And as they sealed the vow, Mr. Graham 
said : 

" May God help me till my latest sun is 
sinking low to defend her who now consents 
to link her pure life with mine, that I may 
be blessed. All that I am, all that I may 
be in this life, shall be yours." 

A moment of sweet silence followed the 
vows of plighted love, and, wending their 
way slowly homeward, Mr. Graham modestly 
said : 

11 May I seek the consent of your parents 
to our marriage, and arrange my affairs look- 
ing to the early celebration of our nup- 

" To the first part of your request I do 
not seriously object, but I hope you will not 
insist on an early day for our marriage." 

** Why would you delay the day which, of 
all others, would bring me so much happi- 

" I know of no special reason," she said, 
" only to name the day seems to bring the 
fearful responsibility so near me. But speak 
to my parents, and then we will consider th§ 
matter further." 

Early the following day, Mr. Graham 


sought and obtained the consent of Dr. 
Trueheart and his wife to the marriage. 

Returning to the parlor, he made known 
to Addie the success of his efforts, and again 
requested her to name the day, only to be 
assured that she would seriously consider 
the matter and report later. 

November 12, ^fter an hour's parting in- 
terview with his betrothed, Mr. Graham bade 
her good-bye, and returned to his home, a 
happier man. 

By December 1, he had gained her consent 
to January 7, 1866, as their wedding day. 

Now all is attention both at Wynan's 
Falls, N. C, and at Dr. Trueheart's to pre- 
parations for the happy event. By the ex- 
pressed wish of the bride expectant, there 
was to be no foolish display on the occasion 
of the wedding at either place. 

Chapter VII. 

ANUARY 7, at 12 o'clock M., George 
r Graham alighted from the carriage in 
front of Dr. Trueheart's residence to find a few 
friends gathered with the Rev. Dr. Rickson, 

38 IOLA ; OR, 

the officiating clergyman, and being informed 
of the readiness of all parties he proceeded 
to the room where Addie was waiting to be- 
come his bride. 

All is read}-. They appear before the 
minister. The ceremony is over, and 
George Graham and Addie Trueheart are 
man and wife. 

At 12 o'clock, Jan. 8, they started for 
Wynan's Falls, via Petersburg, Weldon and 
Goldsboro, where they arrived at io o'clock 
P. M., the same day, 

Jan. 9, Mrs. Graham gave her son and his 
bride a reception, which was attended by a 
large number of their friends and neighbors. 
An elegant dinner, with no wine, was served. 
It was a merry occasion and the welcome to 
the young man and his bride was very 
hearty. No doubt to George Graham it 
was his happiest day on earth. He had 
cause to be happy — he had won the love of a 
woman worthy of the heart and hand of any 

Time passed on — each month of acquaint- 
ance with Mrs. Graham tended only to add 
to her popularity in the community. She 

Facing the truth. 39 

Was recognized as a truly cultured and noble 
hearted woman. 

Life had lavishly blessed them. One point 
only had entered as a dividing influence — 
that was their church relations. He was a 
Baptist, she was a member of the Christian 
church. No word had been said, and yet 
there were heartfelt, bitter pangs, known 
only to Addie. George Graham was a " wool- 
dyed" Baptist, and his exclusiveness, together 
with occasional sharp "cuts" at the denomi- 
nation to which his devoted wife belonged, 
often sank to the very depths of her heart. 
She alone felt the pain ; she would not — it 
was against her finer feelings — resent in 
like terms ; besides, her church had made it a 
prominent part of its work to discourage 
doctrinal disputes — not kind and honest dis- 
cussions of thought. In short, the Baptists 
were exclusive, while the Christians were 
liberal and brotherly in their fellowship to- 
ward all disciples of Jesus. Mrs. Graham 
was a shining example of this peculiar feature 
of their teachings. She patiently bore all 
his thrusts at her faith — she would not re- 
taliate, or speak unkindly of her husband's 
church. But she saw very little, or no change: 

40 I0LA ; OR, 

the caustic spirit of his people had been so 
implanted in his nature that he could neither 
outgrow it nor forget it. Her love helped 
her to bear this unnecessary burden as his 
wife, and the love of the Master helped her 
— rconstrained her, for Christ's sake — to 
suffer and be strong./^ 

At length a great trial as to fellowship 
came between her husband and herself. She 
read only the day before in a Virginia paper 
a very touching account of a communion 
service at her old church. It told how the 
pastor made beautiful remarks on the suffer- 
ings and death of the Saviour, setting forth 
tenderly the brotherhood of God's people, 
resulting from that death. He showed that 
the supper was instituted as commemorative 
of his death and that all of his children were 
to join in its celebration. It deeply impressed 
her mind. She felt its force, for not since 
she had been in a Baptist family had she 
had an opportunity to join in the celebration 
of the supper. In fact, to-day was the first 
time she had been at church on an occasion of 
this kind. She knew full well the rules, but 
she did not know in reality the pain of see- 
ing her own husband refuse to give to her 


the emblems. Heretofore, her husband's 
"cuts" at her faith and church had seemed 
as possible jokes, but now that he refuses to 
offer her the emblems, it assumes the form 
of reality. She did so yearn for the privi- 
lege of joining him at the table and with 
him commemorate the sufferings and death 
of the Saviour. She felt that it would help 
her to a better life, it would encourage her 
and her husband to greater diligence in 
walking the narrow way together. She 
could not see why they, as the children of a 
common Heavenly Father, could not go 
hand in hand to the Lord's table. But it 
could not be so, sectarianism had forbidden 
it, and this Christian wife must be cut off 
and left alone. 

During the week following this event the 
burden was heavier than ever; the strength 
of her will and character enabled her to bear 
the cross in silence. She would not ask him 
to leave his church, and she could not be re- 
ceived into it with him because of her reli- 
gious principles, and moreover to unite with 
him would cut her off from the fellowship 
of a Christian father and mother and her 
own dear church. 

42 IOLA; OR, 

Time swept rapidly onward. Little was 
said by either party on the communion 
question, though Mrs. Graham rarely passed 
a day that was not overshadowed by the sad 
thought that sectarianism should thus put a 
barrier between herself and her husband in 
their religious life. With this exception 
they had lived very happily together — they 
had seen much of the sunshine of a happy 

A year has passed since their marriage. 
Now God has given them a treasure — a dear 
little girl. Her name is Iola — it was the 
name her mother chose. From that time 
forward Iola Graham was the center of 
parental affection in that home. 

Chapter VIII. 

f^HERE is the Bible, my dear?" said 
2 Mr. Graham to his wife, and he added, 
'since your sickness, everything about the 
house seems out of place." 

The feeble mother pointed to the Bible. 
It was the first time he had conducted family 


worship since her illness. The lesson he read 
was from Proverbs 22. He began to read, 

11 A good name is rather to be chosen than 
great riches, and loving favor rather than 
silver and gold." 

In the prayer following this lesson he 
asked the Father for grace for himself and 
wife that they might train the young and 
tender Iola in the way of the Lord, holding 
a good name as far more precious than great 
riches, and the loving favor of God as above 
silver and gold. 

In after years it seemed as if this prayer 
was answered, for at an early age she showed 
a very high appreciation of a good name. 
She was reverent in her conversation, never 
making trifling remarks about sacred and 
holy things. Her parents had exercised 
great care in her training. The years passed 
rapidly away. All is peace in that house- 
hold, only church relations are the same. 

Iola was growing into young womanhood, 
and, as her mother had given special atten- 
tion to her education, she was quite well 
prepared to enter college at the very early 
age of 12 years. 

But the particular school to which she 


44 IOLA; OR, 

should go was a question on which her fond 
parents would probably not agree. The 
mother expressed a wish that the tender 
girl might be trained — educated — in an un- 
sectarian school, but her father objected just 
here — he wished his child to attend the 
Hollins Institute school, in Virginia, being 
secretly determined that she should go to a 
Baptist school. He loved his wife very 
dearly, he even remembered her brave ser- 
vice in his behalf on the bloody hills of 
Virginia, but that could not touch his heart 
in this matter; Iola must be sent to a Bap- 
tist school, where she could be under Bap- 
tist influences. He said but little, mean- 
while he was quietly laying his plans to send 
her to Hollins Institute. 

As the time to go drew near, he put in a 
plea for Hollin's on the ground of the health 
of the place. His wife yielded gracefully, 
but reluctantly. She knew in many schools 
of this class sectarian influences are thrown 
around the pupils, still, she hoped — prayed — 
that her child might escape. She felt more 
concerned because Iola was her only child, 
dear as the " apple of the eye ;" especially is 
this true of an only, dutiful and loving 


daughter, and Iola was all of this, having 
never intentionally disobeyed her parents. 

In September, 1879, tne question was 
decided and Iola was sent to Hollins. All 
moved on well, apparently. She was a model 
school girl — industrious and apt, keeping her 
studies well up. 

Of course, in this school she never attended 
a service except when conducted by Baptists, 
and necessarily she was led to imbibe Bap- 
tist views. Though she had made no pro- 
fession, had never confessed Christ, yet she 
had become in sentiment a Baptist, " of the 
most strictest kind." Then, too, the timidity 
of her mother, though she was devotedly 
attached to the Christian Church, had 
kept her silent on denominational questions, 
while her father had been the most pro- 
nounced Baptist, even bitter against other 
denominations. All this had deeply im- 
pressed her young mind and led her to be- 
come a Baptist. 

She had attended school two full sessions. 
While at home, in vacation, in 1881, she at- 
tended a protracted meeting at Broad Creek- 
Baptist church. There were many profes- 
sions, and among them was Iola Graham. 


46 IOLA; OR, 

Of course, the parents rejoiced at the con- 
version of their only child. At the close of 
this meeting the pastor, Dr. Jenkins, preached 
a doctrinal sermon, in which he claimed for 
the Baptists a superiority over all others ; in 
fact, he said the Baptist church was the only 
New Testament church, all others being off- 
shoots — lacking in the strength and heart of 
the truth. He said immersion only is bap- 
tism, and that none should come to the 
Lord's table save regularly baptized members 
of regularly constituted Baptist churches. 
He said when Jesus instituted the Lord's 
Supper, none but his disciples were present, 
and that baptism preceded the supper. He 
then invited young converts to come forward 
to be received for baptism. 

So fully had Iola Graham imbibed Baptist 
sentiments while in their school, that she 
was the first to go forward to be received 
into the fellowship of Broad Creek Baptist 
church. Her father was delighted at her 
choice. While it brought pleasure to his 
own heart, he little thought of the pain it 
cost her mother, who, though saying nothing, 
was the more deeply pained at the thought 
that in the tenderest and most sacred rela- 


tions of life, in their spiritual interests, she 
should be cut off from all association with 
her own husband and daughter — never to 
have the privilege of their fellowship, but 
with the meekness of a lamb she said nothing. 

The meeting closed and Mr. Graham, his 
wife and daughter returned to their home, 
little thinking of the cloud of trouble which, 
even then, veiled that mother's heart, 
although Mrs. Graham was the very picture 
of sadness. As they came near to their 
home, Iola said innocently, 

" Mother, do talk some for us — surely you 
are not sad because I have made peace with 
God — become a disciple of Jesus ?" 

11 No, iola ; I am glad to feel that my only 
child is a Christian. There could nothing 
better be your portion." 

For a moment all is quiet. Then the con- 
versation is on another matter; perhaps 
there was a wish to change the subject, 
hoping thereby to call her mind away from 
the trouble upon which it dwelt. After 
reaching home Mr. Graham and Iola were 
very cheerful and happy, but the dear mother 
could not be drawn away from her sadness, 



" Dear mother, why are you so sad all the 
while ?" she said, as she gently placed her 
arms about her neck. 

" My daughter, I have my troubles like 
other people. However, I think it is best 
not to speak of them. I hope some day to 
be as cheerful as you wish me to be, but for 
the present I feel that duty calls me to bear 
my sadness in secret." 

It was very strange to Iola, in the fulness 
of her new faith, that her mother, a Chris- 
tian, should be so sad. She was rejoicing 
in the sweet happiness of sins forgiven. 

Chapter IX. 

jfHE passing days brought no perceptible 
change in Mrs. Graham's melancholy 
state. She was often seen sitting gazing at 
Iola, and then arising she would retire to 
some private place, saying : ' k I am so alone." 
This remark was heard repeatedly, but its 
interpretation could not be known. Time 
glided swiftly on, and the father and the 



" Dear mother, why are you so sad all the while?" she 
said, as she gently placed her arms about her neck. 

50 IOLA ; OR, 

daughter felt the dread approach of some 
trouble — to them unknown. 

A business meeting of Broad Creek church 
had been announced for the following Sat- 
urday, and the administration of the Lord's 
Supper for the Sabbath. Iola and her father 
being members, attended the services, leav- 
ing Mrs. Graham at home. It was unusual 
for father and daughter to go without the 
mother. The good-bye kiss was warmly 
given, and the beautiful Iola lingered a few 
moments, manifesting tenderness and con- 
cern for her mother. Finally she said, 
" Good-bye, mother dear ; you must be real 
cheerful while father and I are away. We 
will be home early — by 4 o'clock this after- 
noon, I suppose." 

Mrs. Graham lingered about the door, 
watching the departure of those nearest and 
dearest to her on earth. She was casting an 
eager, watchful eye after them as they turned 
the last corner and were gone. 

Turning to go to her room, she remarked, 
in a half congratulatory manner, " I have 
the dearest husband and the sweetest 
daughter" — but just then her heart was 
crushed with the thought that while they 


all loved and served the same Saviour, she 
as the Christian wife and mother could never 
be permitted to join them in commemora- 
ting the death of Jesus around the Lord's 

This picture grew rapidly in her mind till 
it became burdensome, unbearable. She 
hastened to her closet, and under this weight 
she bowed in prayer. A weak, tremulous 
voice is pleading with iis God for strength 
to bear the burden. Hear her pitiful wail : 

" Oh ! God," she cries, " help me to endure 
this pain and misery of heart — I am so alone, 
cut off and disfellowshiped by my own hus- 
band and my dear child." Then, as if to 
herself, she said in a half rambling way: 

" Will they never come back to me? Can 
I never join them in commemorating the 
sufferings and death of my Saviour at the 
Lord's table?" 

Here, as if in a semi-conscious state of 
mind, in her grief, she appealed pitifully to 
God to bring them back, or to take them 
all — father, mother and child — together to 
a place where no sectarian church rules can 
thus divide a warm hearted Christian family 
in the service and worship of God. 

52 IOLA; OR, 

Here her prayer abruptly ceased, and she 
started, as if she saw before her the land of 
some sacred Utopia, where no exclusiveness 

in the church would separate and divide her 


own dear family. Her bewildered mind 
vainly supposed this land was nigh, and she 
followed, all unconsciously, its leading. She 
left her home in quest of this blessed place — 
she wandered, searching for the place of 
which she had been dreaming in her derange- 
ment, for she was a deranged woman. In 
her wanderings, afoot and alone, she was 
impelled onward under the vain hope that 
somewhere she would meet her loved hus- 
band and daughter, freed from the manacles 
of sectarian bigotry. 

The prospect of such a happy event allures 
her. The more she contemplates the possi- 
bility, the more rapidly she travels, each 
step talrnig her from her home and loved 
. ones, and further into the wild woods. Only 
God can keep her while she thus wanders. 
May the Angel of the Lord encamp round 
about her, and safely deliver her from the 
perils of this sad moment in her history. 

At 4 o'clock p. m., Mr. Graham and Iola 
returned, both in fine spirits, having much 


enjoyed the meeting at Broad Creek, pre- 
paratory to the communion service on the 
Sabbath. As they alighted from their car- 
riage, Iola hastened to her mother's room to 
give her the first kiss. She entered with a 
gay and happy heart, but alas! poor child, 
her joy was quickly turned into grief — her 
mother was not there. She hurried from 
room to room, but in vain. Alarmed, she 
ran to her father, crying, " Oh ! where is 
mother? I have searched every room in the 
house ; I cannot find her. Oh ! father, where 
can she be ?" 

"Do not be alarmed, my daughter; your 
mother must be about the premises." 

While he sought thus to console Iola, he 
had had himself for several days forebodings 
of coming trouble. It had seemed to be 
hanging over his very pathway as a dark, 
portentous cloud. Iola, too, had similar 
misgivings of impending danger, but both 
had kept their fears strictly to themselves. 
Quickly the search was renewed, Mr. Gra- 
ham joining Iola ; they looked here, there, 
everywhere, in their reach, but found her 

54 IOLA; OR, 

They stopped in their bewildered search 
a moment, to think— just then Iola said : 

" Father, I fear some ill. Do you not 
know mother has been so sad of late? 
When I asked her the cause of it, she re- 
plied, ' It is best not to make it known.' 
Oh ! father, I am so afraid my dear, sweet 
mother is gone where I shall see her no 

Just then neighbor Mcintosh said she was 
seen about one o'clock, going toward the 
Great Pocosin. They hastened in that di- 
rection. For an hour they sought her in 
vain. Night was near at hand, and the 
thought of mother spending it in the lonely 
woods as a wanderer in its darkness was 
more than the devoted daughter could 
bear. The search was kept up, and just 
as the golden glories of a lovely sunset 
were fading into the evening twilight, 
they saw in the distance what seemed to be 
two persons approaching, and soon Iola rec- 
ognized one of them as her mother, who 
had been found wandering in the woods by 
Mr. Jason, with whom the Grahams had a 
slight acquaintance, and he had kindly taken 
her in charge and was leading her homeward. 


A little nearer, and Iola exclaimed, " My 
mother!" and Mrs. Graham, looking up, saw 
her husband and daughter, and in a moment 
she was in their embrace. She seemed de- 
lighted at meeting them, doubtless suppos- 
ing she had reached the happy abode for 
which she was searching, where sectarian 
rules could never again divide and put bar- 
riers in the way of their happiness and re- 
ligious peace — a place which she fancied 
would bring the much desired opportunity 
of joining her husband and child with other 
Christians in commemorating the sufferings 
ard death of the Saviour in the celebration 
of the Lord's Supper. 

Mr. Graham's voice, as he spoke, seemed 
to break the spell of derangement under 
which she was wandering, and as he saw the 
return of reason, he very tenderly said : 

11 Oh, Addie ! My dear wife, how came 
you here, and what is the matter?" 

This fully caught her attention, and she 
answered : 

" My husband, you have always been so 
tender, so devoted to me, and then the cir- 
cumstances of our early love were of such a 
character as to make our union doubly sa- 

56 IOLA; OR, 

cred. I have been yours in the fullest sense 
of the word from the time of our marriage, 
and my life has been given to your happi- 
ness, so that even the appearance of separa- 
tion has well nigh crazed my mind." 

" Separation ! How, my dear wife ?" anx- 
iously asked Mr. Graham. 

"Well, in this way: I have always been 
cut off from you in our spiritual relations by 
the rules of your church. Perhaps a thous- 
and times my heart has ached because of 
this unfortunate fact in our experience ; and 
many a time have my cheeks been bathed 
with the scalding tears of my grief, all be- 
cause you could not permit me to join you 
in celebrating the Lord's Supper. It has 
been the one ungratified desire of my Chris- 
tian experience, and yet I made up my mind, 
for your sake, to bear this burden in silence 
as best I could. I thought I was succeed- 
ing, till a few days ago — when I saw my only 
child, Iola, cut me off from fellowship with 
her by joining your church. From that 
moment my heart was pierced with the dart 
of despair. The thought of never, never 
being permitted to join any of the members 
of my own dear little family in the commun- 


ion service, troubled me ; it haunted me by 
day, and in my sleep my dreams intensified 
my sufferings. 

Chapter X. 

'HEN you and Iola left this morning 
to go to Broad Creek church, I felt 
more keenly than ever the pang of this 
trouble. I went to my place of secret prayer. 
Suddenly I felt moved to go in quest of a 
place where the church rules would not make 
me so unhappy. I started. I soon lost my 
way — I wandered, and when I met you and 
Iola, my first thought was — how mistaken ! — 
that I had found my sacred Utopia, where 
I would no more hear the harsh and unkind 
criticisms simply because I differ from others 
on questions of minor importance, or rather 
on matters of mere opinion ; where I should 
be heartily welcomed to the privileges of 
the church with my own husband and child. 
Oh ! it all now seems so much like a dream 

to me, but I see I am not at home; let me 

» > 
go — 

58 IOLA; OR, 

During this explanation Iola stood look- 
ing and listening — almost bewildered. Her 
heart trembled for her mother's safety, and 
she said, in a manner expressive of tenderest 
love and sweet assurance : 

" My precious mother, make yourself con- 
tented. Come, let us go home, and you 
shall no more be cut off from my fellowship 
as one of God's children." 

While Mrs. Graham would not have her 
child sacrifice principle, except upon con- 
viction that the principle is wrong, still these 
words comforted her weary spirit. The as- 
surance was a balm to her wounded heart. 

Iola could not say why they had not ear- 
lier seen the nature of her mother's sadness, 
though Mr. Graham, while restless, had but 
very little to say. Evidently he was weep- 
ing at heart over the sad condition of his 
wife, but clinging with a strong grip to his 
sectarian views — he was divided, and his 
love was struggling, not between his wife 
and his religion, or his faith in God, but be- 
tween his wife and the human dogmas of a 
sectarian church. The spectacle was a sad 

Reaching home early in the night the 


weary mother was soon sleeping very sweetly. 
Perhaps the presence of the angels calmed 
her troubled spirit and gave her the blessed 
rest she so much needed. We are told, you 
know, that " the angel of the Lord encampeth 
round about them that fear Him." 

While the mother slept, father and daugh- 
ter talked the matter over. Many expres- 
sions of regret fell from Iola's lips because of 
the sad occurrence of that day, and in their 
absence, too. For a few moments the depths 
of their pain found expression only in sighs. 
At length Iola kindly said : 

11 Father, there must be something wrong 
in the close-communion practice of our 
church, for I do believe my dear mother is a 
christian, and if so, as such she has a clear 
right to all the privileges at the Lord's 
table — just as much as you or any other one 
of his children, I see no reason why they 
should not allow — even invite — her, and all 
true christians, to the Lord's Supper to- 
gether. Can you ?" 

" My child, since tnis is the Lord's table — 
and not ours — we have no right to invite 
any one to it." 

"Then, father, I understand you to say 

60 IOLA ; OR, 

the Lord withholds from you the right to 
invite any one to the table, and at the same 
time gives you the privilege to keep some of 
his children away?" 

" This is no time to ask or answer any 
such questions," and he walked out, leaving 
Iola standing bewildered at his reply. 

She spent the remainder of the night 
quietly in the sick room. In the early morn- 
ing, as she was about to leave the chamber 
where her mother was so sweetly sleeping, 
she pressed one more tender kiss upon her 
sad, pale cheek, when Mrs. Graham awoke, 
to be greeted so pleasantly with, 

" Good morning, mother; I hope you are 
feeling better, you look much refreshed." It 
was Iola speaking to her mother, who feebly 

"Thank you, daughter; I do feel better 
and yet not well,— I had such a hard day 

"Yes, mother, I am deeply pained to 
know that any act of mine should have given 
you trouble. The selfish practice of our 
church in keeping other christians from the 
Lord's table does annoy me no little, but 
father says it is all proper, and yet, I do feel 


that my dear mother ought to be permitted 
to partake with me, and others of my faith 
and order, of the Lord's Supper." 

"Ah! child, I cannot expect it in this 
life — you and your father are such strong 
Baptists : but your course toward me has 
cost me many a pang of heart-sorrow, many 
an hour of silent, but bitter weeping. When 
I could look forward to a possible fellowship 
with my only child, that in part made up for 
the loneliness I had on account of your 
father's being cut off from me, or I cut off 
from him, by the rules of his church ; but 
now you have joined with him, and I am 
more lonely. My dear child, I wish you to 
be happy and belong to the church of your 
choice, but when I saw that you had cut me 
off from your fellowship, I felt I could not 
endure it — the loss to me was incalculable. 
No doubt this fact gave me the nervous 
shock of yesterday and brought me to my 
present weakness. You see this had been 
working on me, even before your conversion, 
for your father, dear, good man that he is, 
never could look with favor on my church, 
and often, perhaps unthoughtedly, he would 
say hard things about my people. So when 

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I saw you join his church, it cast a piercing 
dart through the last hope I had of having 
the fellowship and companionship, spiritually, 
of any of my own family in this life. As I 
thought of this my heart yearned for the 
blessed land where these narrow views will 
be buried forever. I was praying over this 
very matter when my mind seemed to leap 
toward such a spiritual Utopia and beyond 
my control. It seems now like a dream. I 
remember thinking I could find you and 
your father there, and I started, as I thought, 
with a bright hope before me, but it was a 
vain journey, for though I found you, or 
rather you found me, still you both are the 
same exclusive Baptists as before." 

" Mother," said Iola, " please do not worry 
yourself over this matter — it can do no good 
and may make you worse. I hope it will be 
all made right sometime," 

"Yes, child, it will, but not till we meet in 
Heaven. The lines and walls of partition 
your people have built too strongly ever to 
encourage or permit union among God's 

"Maybe not, mother; at any rate, I am 


most anxious that you shall not make your- 
self worse by studying and talking about it." 

11 I would love to get well and strong 
again, but, my daughter, I do not now ex- 
pect that. I have felt for some time that 
my days are nearly ended — the impression 
has been deeply fixed in my mind since the 
night before you were converted at Broad 
Creek church. I have not spoken of my 
dream to any person, but " 

" Tell it to me, mother, can't you ?" asked 

11 Well, I can if you wish. I had in a 
dream a sort of vision. Your father, your- 
self and I were in a beautiful church. The 
congregation was large. In front of the 
altar was spread the Lord's Supper. I heard 
the minister give the invitation to join in 
the celebration of this most sacred sacrament. 
It was to all of God's believing children 
present. Then your father led the way, and 
you and I followed. We bowed around the 
table. It was the first time my poor heart 
had had its yearning ^gratified. I was so 
happy, language can not tell it — my soul 
was thrilled, delighted. As we arose, an 
angel seemed to be hovering above the 

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sacred emblems, bearing a scroll, upon which 
was written the words of Jesus at the insti- 
tution of the Lord's Supper: 

' Drink ye all of it.' — Matt. 26 : 27. 

' And they all drank of it. —Mark 14 : 23. 

"At the conclusion of this delightful ser- 
vice, we all joined in singing these words: 

1 My span of life will soon be done, 
The passing moments say.' 

" The next day you took your stand on the 
Lord's side. I was happy again at the 
thought that my child was a christian. But 
when you joined Broad Creek Baptist church 
my hopes fled, not that I would object to 
your choice, only that thereby you cut me 
off from your fellowship. 

" There is a significance in the inscription 
on that scroll. I think it plainly says that 
Jesus did not forbid any of his believing 
children to join in the supper. The first 
commands all — not a part of them — to drink 
of it, and the second says they did all — not 
a part — drink of it. 

" When I saw you unite with the Baptists 
my dream came back, as a vision before me. 
It seemed to say, this much was given you 
as a foretaste of the happy union of your 


family in Heaven, for while you have never 
shared in the bliss of such a scene on earth, 
(and you never will,) the joy shall be yours in 
" the sweet bye and bye." 

Just then I heard, as from the tongue of 
a whispering angel, these comforting words: 

" Courage, my soul ! thy bitter cross, 
Tu every trial here, 
Shall bear thee to thy Heaven above, 
But shall not enter there." 

"Thus, my dear child, I have been led to 
feel that my end is near. If so, I will leave 
you in the hands of my Heavenly Father. 
May He be your Protector and Guide. I 
hope to meet you in Heaven; we'll find no 
traces of this exclusive spirit there. I believe 
you and your father will be able to greet me 
there as one of the redeemed." 

" I hope so, dear mother. In Heaven I 
think we shall have no church rules to stir 
up strife and divide the great family of God." 

Seeing she was weary, she retired from the 
room to give her a chance to rest. At the 
dinner table she told her father of what her 
mother had said during the morning. As she 
alluded to her being cut off from their fellow- 
ship, she showed signs of deep emotion. 


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Finally, looking up into her father's face 
through blinding tears, she said : 

*' Father, I fear we shall not have mother 
with us much longer, she is so sad, despon- 
dent ; and what hurts me so deeply is, that 
she seems insane with grief because our 
church cannot allow her to join us, or us to 
join her at the communion table. I am so 
sorry it is so. Father, is there no way this 
privilege can be given her?" 

" None whatever. She will not join us 
and be rebaptized, and nothing short of 
that could ever allow her to go with us to 
the Lord's table." 

" Father, are you fully satisfied that our 
church is right on that point V 

" Well, yes, I think so. Why?" 

" Somehow it seems hard to divide a 
family in this manner. I believe my suffer- 
ing mother is just as truly a Christian 
before God and man as any of us," 

" It will do no good, Iola, to talk of this 
matter, so let us drop it ;" and the young 
girl reluctantly consented, for she was anx- 
ious to give this question a full examination 
to see what is right, 

Facing the truth. 67 

Chapter XL 

?ROM the dining hall they went together 
I to Mrs. Graham's room. As they en- 
tered the mother awoke and Iola saw 
in the short time of her absence she had 
grown worse. A chill had seized her. The 
doctor was recalled at once. After a care- 
ful examination of her symptoms a prescrip- 
tion was given. The doctor was leaving, 
and Mr. Graham anxiously inquired as to his 
wife's condition, only to be assured that her 
case was a serious one, being in danger of 
pneumonia from cold taken on the day of 
her wandering from home. "You have cause 
to be anxious," said the doctor, "but I will 
do all in my power for her relief." 

When Dr. Johnson called again he found 
his patient had grown worse. His opinion 
sent alarm into the family. Under the most 
skilful treatment she grew worse, and each 
day added to her weakness. 

Mrs. Graham's condition greatly troubled 
her husband. As is frequently the case, the 
husband of a dying wife, reviews his life as 

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her~companion. Beginning with the scene 
on the hills of Bermuda Hundreds when he 
was dying, as he supposed, away from loved 
ones, with no gentle hand to assist him in 
this terrible struggle, their married lives 
passed as in a panoramic view. He felt the 
pangs of grief striking deeper into his heart 
as each scene came up, till the one showing 
how the exclusiveness of his religious life 
had so wrought upon his wife as to bring 
trouble and finally terminating in wrecking 
her mind and health, and now she is pros- 
trated in sickness, it may be unto death. 
Here the picture brought a shudder of fear 
upon him — he trembled at the thought 
that his conduct, religiously, toward his wife 
should have had such results. He tried to 
shift the responsibility from his own should- 
ers under the pretext of faithfulness to his 
religious convictions, or as he expressed it, 
" I must serve God rather than man." But 
a still small voice whispered into his ear 
these words: "A selfish exclusiveness is ser- 
vice to the traditions of men rather than 
service to God." Then he caught himself 
repeating that passage of scripture which 
says: "But in vain do they worship me 


teaching for doctrines the commandments 
of men." See Matt. 15:9. 

It is Sunday morning. Mrs. Graham has 
grown rapidly worse since the doctor left 
her the night before. She is sinking. This 
fact was made known to Mr. Graham and 
Iola. They came to her bedside. As the 
husband stood looking upon the form of his 
dying companion, his heart throbbed with 
grief. He was speechless from heart anguish 
— he kissed devotedly the pale face, and 
turned aside to weep in tears of sorrow and 

Iola, poor child, summoning all the spirit 
she could, ventured to speak to her dying 

" Mother," she said, " do you know you 
are nearing the pearly gates of Heaven ?" 

Turning her feeble eyes upon Iola, she 
answered : 

" I do not know, my child ; if so, it is well, 
and I am ready to go home. The way has 
been a difficult one, but if the end be near I 
have a bright hope of victory through our 
Lord Jesus Christ." 

" My dear mother, the doctor says you 
can not be with us long," and the young 

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girl's heart heaved, as the troubled sea, with 
the depths of pain and sorrow. As she stood 
by her thus talking, she pressed many a 
warm kiss upon the cold face of her dying 
mother. Seeing the end was so near, the 
devoted child said : 

" Mother, give me a parting word, ere 
you go home, to comfort and encourage and 
guide me when I am left a motherless girl." 

"My daughter, take care of your father and 
of yourself, but more than all seek to walk 
close with God — be a christian, and then I 
shall meet you on the shining shore — in 
Heaven. There will be no sorrow there. 
There will be no heartless church rules to 
drive'one into agony of mind — there will be 
no division among us, and I shall for the 
first time meet you equal in privileges. I 
shall hear no more harsh and unkind thrusts 
at God's people, simply because of mere 
differences in opinion, and we shall all be 
happy together — members of one great 
family, children of a common Father, and, as 
such, we shall be entitled to all the privileges 
of that blessed home. But listen! 

' There are angels hovering 'round, 
To carry your mother home.' 


And then the silence was intense — the 
dreadful and rapid advance of death hushed 
every mouth and stilled every movement. 
To the ear of the dying mother only was 
heard the sweet strains of music from the 
angels' harps. With her eyes fixed on the 
sweet fields of Eden, she reached forth her 
hands and repeating odd lines of a grand 
old hymn, she said : 

" Let me go where saints are going, — 

Le: me go, I'd cease this dying, 
Let me go, for bliss eternal 

Lures my soul away — away, 
And the victor's song triumphant 

Thrills my heart — I can not stay — 
I would gain life's fairer plains ; 

Let me join the myriad harpers, 
Let me chant their rapturous strains, 

For the joyous songs of glory 
Call me to a happier home." 

One brief moment of gasping, and the 
struggle was over — Addie Trueheart Gra- 
ham was with her God. 

Father and daughter were buried in sor- 
row. They had a double burden, for with 
their grief was mixed a dread of having un- 
necessarily distressed by their religious ex- 
clusiveness the dear wife and mother whose 

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lifeless body now sleeps before them in 
death. Of this, however, nothing- was said. 

A dispatch was sent to her old pastor to 
conduct the services at her burial, which 
took place on Tuesday at noon. The words 
he used for the text were: "Precious in the 
sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." 
A large number of people attended the ser- 
vices and burial of this noble woman. 

They made her grave beneath the spread- 
ing branches of a massive tree in the family 

Chapter XII. 

sOT a week had passed since the death 
of Mrs. Graham when Mr. Graham 
observed a sadness in Iola which he could 
not attribute to the death of her mother. 
Every expression in her countenance por- 
trayed a restless anxiety not characteristic 
of her earliest grief over the grave of her 
mother. Confident that some unusual bur- 
den of grief had been added to her loss, 
he determined to have an interview with 



" They made her grave beneath the spreading branches of 
a massive tree in the family graveyard." 

74 IOLA; or, 

his daughter, and, if possible, obtain an 
explanation of this restless spirit now so 
clearly manifested in all her actions. The 
days passed on till Sunday afternoon — 
just two weeks after Mrs. Graham's death — 
when he met Iola in the parlor alone, and 
addressing her in a fatherly way, he said : 

11 Iola, my dear child, I know you bear a 
heavy burden of grief in the death of your 
mother, and yet, I have thought for some 
days that you have some sorrow weighing 
upon your young heart aside from her death. 
I Wish you to tell me just what it is." 

" Father," she said, " I could tell you, but 
I am impressed that it might be wise not to 
do so." 

''Why, daughter, I do not understand 
you — you alarm me!" 

11 No alarm, father; I am willing that you 
should know all of my troubles — I only 
thought it expedient to bear the burden 
alone, still if you insist, you may know it," 
and she proceeded, as follows: 

" You know, father, the sad circum- 
stances which led to mother's illness, and 
perhaps to her death. Since I understood 
that it was our religious exclusiveness that 


so troubled her, and, as I fear, deranged her 
mind, I have had all I could think about, 
and I am not surprised that you have ob- 
served new trouble in my face. I have been 
examining the close communion question. 
I have brought it down beside the plain 
teachings of the Bible. Mother's trouble 
gave me much pain before, and now, since I 
have studied the subject closely in the light 
of the Bible, I am simply miserable ; for I 
feel that, in our blindness, we have followed 
the teachings of man, as to the Lord's Sup- 
per, to the loss of my dear mother, while the 
Bible is plainly in favor of the views she so 
devotedly held through all the shadows of 
her beclouded life — she was no doubt a mar- 
tyr to this cause. This thought is crushing 
to my heart, and I can find no relief from 
the pain of my guilty conscience; like one 
of old, my sin is ever before me, and — there 
is no rest to my anguish-riven heart." 

" Why, Iola, my dear child, you do not 
mean to say that you renounce the faith of 
the Baptists, do you ?" 

" No, father, indeed I do not ; but I do 
mean to say, that I am no more in favor of 
close communion." 

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" Then you are no longer a Baptist," re- 
plied her father. 


" You are no longer a Baptist." 

"Why not, father?" 

" Well, restricted or close communion is a 
leading feature of the Baptists, and those 
who discard it are not recognized as true 
Baptists. But, my child, I wish to know on 
what grounds you have renounced this im- 
portant feature of your faith?" 

" Father, it will take much time to tell 
you that, but I will try. 

"My dear mother's sufferings, brought on 
by our being cut off from her religiously, 
first led me to inquire into the authority for 
the practice of close communion. I say this 
led me to search for the facts. Having be- 
gun, I became interested to know the whole 
truth in this matter. The result of my in- 
quiries led me to abandon a belief in this 
selfish practice. I took my Bible, with my 
concordance, and searched it through — read 
and studied carefully all I could find touch- 
ing the Lord's Supper. When I finished, I 
was satisfied that the doctrine of close com- 
munion, as taught and practiced among Bap- 



11 I took my Bible, with my concordance, and searched it 


78 IOLA; OR, 

tists, is not to be found between the lids of 
the inspired Word of God. 

1. "I saw nothing in the Bible to indicate 
that any of the early Christians were ever 
kept from the Lord's table, while in good 
standing, religiously, with the brethren. 
There is certainly no evidence that Jesus or 
any of the Apostles kept any Christian away 
from this hallowed festival. 

2. " Jesus, when he instituted the Supper, 
gave it to all of his disciples who were then 
present, and especially said, ' Eat ye all of 
it' — that is, all the disciples should eat of 
the emblems used. 

3. " I find that Paul expressly stated the 
conditions on which God's people might join 
in celebrating this Supper. In all his writ- 
ings I found no place which says : ' Let a 
man be immersed, and so let him eat of that 
bread and drink of that cup ;' but I do find 
in his letter to the Corinthians, a passage 
which gives these plain directions as to the 
conditions upon which one may partake of the 
emblems of the Lord's Supper. It reads : 
' But let a man examine himself, and so let 
him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.' 
Now, I had always been taught that baptism 


qualified a Christian to partake of the sacred 
emblems at the Lord's Supper. I nowhere 
saw any allusion in the Bible to baptism as 
having any precedence over it, and I know 
that Paul does not write as if baptism 
had any relation to the Lord's Supper. 
I do not remember -a single passage in 
which he mentions the two ordinances- 
baptism and the supper — together. He never 
once associates the two in any sense, which 
in the remotest way shows a dependence of 
the one upon the other, or a precedence of 
one over the other. So you see, father, I 
have not made up my mind without seriously 
considering the step, regarding my responsi- 
bility to God and the authority of the Bible 
as my highest concern." 

" Ah ! I see you are led under the grief of 
the recent loss of your mother to feel that it 
is traceable to the close communion practice 
in the Baptist church. To a certain extent 
it is natural for you to feel thus, but you 
will soon see your mistake and return to 
your old faith. I think the Baptists are 
right, as you, no doubt, will, later." 

Two weeks passed with no further allusions 
to this unpleasant subject. It was a lovely 

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afternoon, and Iola and her father were sit- 
ting under the shade trees of the old home- 
stead, enjoying the fresh balmy air. Con- 
versation grew dull, and Mr. Graham thought 
he observed in Iola the same restless sad- 
ness again, to which allusion has already 
been made. 

At length he enquired ' if she were not 
yet satisfied on the close communion ques- 

" Ves, father," she answered, " I am satis- 
fied now as never before, that close commu- 
nion is the great mistake, yes, more, it is the 
most barefaced error in our church, doc- 
trinally speaking, for while there may be 
other heretical views among us, they have 
some plea for their existence, but I can find 
nowhere in the Bible any grounds upon 
which to base even the appearance of truth 
in this close communion heresy, and I do 
hope sooner or later our church will turn 
away from this unscriptural practice." 

" My child, I am surprised at the language 
you use ; surely, you do not know what it 
means, or you have forgotten the early teach- 
ings I gave you." 

"No, father, not that ; but I remember, too 


well, perhaps, the sufferings of my mother, 
which in the main are directly traceable to 
the exclusiveness of her own husband and 
child — I can not forget that, for it led her 
to the deep anguish of disfellowship on the 
part of her own family, and further, to 
derangement and to her grave," — and the 
dear child burst into tears. 

" Admit all that to be true, my child, can 
you change your faith — your religious prin- 
ciples — because they grieved even your own 
dear mother?" 

" No, father, — that is not the case. I do 
not reject close communion on that ground, 
but on this : My mother's sufferings, because 
of our conduct toward her, which was made 
necessary by our faith, led me to investigate 
the grounds on which I was standing. I 
could not see how in a great family the 
father should so order the regulations of the 
household as to make it so very burden- 
some to any one of his loving, faithful 
children, and the other children be happy. 
So I could not see how close communion 
could be of God, when it brought so much 
strife and division into his church and such 
intense suffering to a part of his children, 

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leaving the others happy. Here I deter- 
mined to examine the Bible for myself and 
see if my Heavenly Father had so ordered 
this matter; and now, I am satisfied, after a 
candid and careful examination of the Book, 
that there is absolutely no scriptural authori- 
ty for close communion ; and, for one, I do 
hope our people will give it up, and adopt 
the Apostle Paul's rule, to let a man examine 
himself and so let him eat of this bread and 
drink of this cup." 

•'Ah! child, that is a vain hope — they will 
never do that — no, no." 

11 Yes, yes, father," said Iola, " I hope they 
will. I know I was a true Baptist, and I 
have changed on that point, and I hope all 
may do so. It would help us to be* more 
scriptural and more Christ-like, two points 
to gain which believers can afford to give 
up any human dogma, and to make a sacri- 
fice of any church rule not found in the 
Bible. You see, father, close communion is 
a human regulation in our church, because 
the Bible nowhere enjoins it, and, what is 
more, the whole spirit of the Bible is 
against it." 


Chapter XIII. 

" But really, Iola," said Mr. Graham, " are 
you in earnest in renouncing the close com- 
munion of the Baptists?" 

"Indeed, I am father." 

" Well, if you persist in it, your church 
will certainly disfellowship you." 

" Do what, father?" 

"Yes, they will be compelled to disown 
you as a member of a Baptist church, Iola." 

u For what ?" 

" Because you renounce the Baptist faith." 

" I think that would be dreadful, father! 
Here I am, a young girl, just grown up, and 
motherless, and for my church to disfellow- 
ship me because of an honest opinion, and 
so set the public to talking about me — it is 
not Christ-like. But you do not really 
think they would have me arraigned 
and disown me for holding this view, do 
you r 

" Indeed, they will — they can not be con- 
sistent and do otherwise. You had better 

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abandon these notions and return to the old 

" Cannot be consistent with what, father?" 
u With the rules and usages of the Bap- 

"Ah, that may be, but I know they could 
be consistent with the Bible and a christian 
life and not disown me for these views. 
Again, as to going back to the old faith, I 
can not do that and be honest — the truth is 
deeply imbedded in my heart ; I cannot give 
it up. 

" Iola, you deeply mortify my feelings." 
" Dear father, I do not wish to do that — 
I do not mean to do it, and yet, believing 
that I have the truth, I can not abandon 
it — it is as dear as life to me." As she said 
it she laid her arms about his neck and kissed 
him tenderly, and as she did so, the big 
tears ran down his cheeks. Doubtless he 
Was thinking of Iola's mother, and a combi- 
nation of sad memories crowded his mind 
and filled his heart with tender emotions. 
He continued to struggle with his feelings, 
' till at length he overcame them, and he 

"Well, if you must subject yourself to 


such an unpleasant affair as a church trial, I 
can only say, it is a bitter pang that I shall 
never forget, for which I can see no earthly 

'* Dear father, is there no necessity to re- 
spect my conscience — my honest religious 
convictions? Would you, father, have me 
trample my principles under my feet, sim- 
ply to escape the church trial to which you 

allude ?" 

"But how, my dear child, did you ever 

become possessed of such principles?" 

" By studying the Bible." 

"Well, but I have studied the Bible, per- 
haps more than you have, and so have thous- 
ands of Baptists, and we do not wish to re- 
nounce our faith as Baptists — then why 
should you ?" 

" I will grant that you, and many others 
of our people, have studied the Bible more 
than I have, but you studied it under the 
light of a sectarian lamp, while I hope and 
believe I studied it in the light that fell 
from the face of a dying Christian, while her 
brow was radiant with the coming glory of 
the other shore — my mother. Admitting 
that I am wrong, father, it yet remains 

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for you, or some of our people, to show it 
from the Bible. Do that, and I will cheer- 
fully yield my views and return to the old 
faith, and take my stand with you." 

Mr. Graham did not accept Iola's proposi- 
tion to show wherein the Bible was against 
her, and so she continued to stand by her 
new faith. 

On Friday afternoon, he quietly and very 
kindly reminded Iola that the next day 
was the time appointed for a business 
meeting at Broad Creek church, at the same 
time asking her if she wished to go. She 
made answer in the affirmative, and asked 
the hour of meeting. 

11 At 1 1 o'clock in the morning," he said. 

' 4 Then we shall have to go early in order 
to be on time," answered the young girl. 

At 9 o'clock the next morning, Mr. Gra- 
ham and Iola were seated in the carriage and 
off to Broad Creek. On the way both were 
unusually quiet. At length Iola introduced 
conversation, by saying: 

" I have not been to my church since the 
day mother was taken so ill. I did very 
much enjoy the services that day, but I do 
not suppose I will to-day." 


" Why not, Iola ?" 

" I am quite sure if they arraign me before 
the church on account of my close commun- 
ion views, I shall not enjoy it, because of 
the unpleasant publicity. But, if it must 
come, for the Truth's sake, I will not flag. 
By the help of the Lord, I will stand by my 
post of duty; besides, I feel that the mem- 
ory of my mother's sufferings will encourage 
and strengthen me in my darkest moments. 
Here I must abide till the way opens to 

" Well, if your mind is made up to that, 
you may as well nerve yourself to submit to 
a trial, for it must come," said Mr. Graham. 

"Then I shall try to meet it as a chris- 

" My child, it is painful to me, but you 
know my duty in the case. As a deacon I 
must report you, though you are my own 
child. I will take no part against you pub- 
licly. I will give the facts to a brother 
deacon, who will bring the matter up for 

"And will not my own dear father speak 
one word in my behalf?" 

" My child, your father can not. You will 

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have to speak for yourself," and having 
reached the church yard, the conversation 

The meeting opened with devotional exer- 
cises. Then came the business meeting. 
After much routine work, Deacon Ashton 
announced the fact that a certain member 
had been walking disorderly, "to report 
which is a most painful duty. I allude to 
our young sister, Iola Graham, charged with 
having renounced the Baptist faith, touching 
the important feature of close communion. 
I think there is no doubt of the truth of the 
charge, but the sister is present and can 
speak for nerself." 

The moderator, turning to her, said: "Sis- 
ter Graham, you have heard the words of 
Deacon Ashton ; have you any thing to say in 
reply ?" 

The young girl timidly arose and said: 
" The charge of Deacon Ashton is true." 

"Brethren," said the moderator, "you 
have heard the sister's answer ; what will you 
do in this case ?" 

" I move," said Bro. James, " that we ap- 
point a committee of three to wait on this 


sister, notifying her to prepare for trial at our 
next meeting." 

Iola, understanding that she would have 
to speak for herself, determined to do so at 
once, and, if possible, avoid a protracted trial. 
Though a cross to her, she arose, and, with 
trembling voice, said : 

" Brethren, in all proper deference to you 
I would say, it seems useless to defer this 
matter till another meeting; I am as ready 
now for any proper disposal of the case as I 
can be then. As there seems to be a wide 
difference between myself and this church, 
if it is your pleasure to give me a letter, 
certifying to my christian character, I will 
give you no further trouble." 

The moderator informed her that the letter 
could not be given. Then, said the brave 

" If I must be expelled from my church 
for these views, your immediate action will 
suit me as well. My mind is made up, and I 
would prefer that you dispose of the matter 

"A formal trial is unnecessary if she is 
positively determined to maintain her posj- 

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tion against restricted communion," said the 

" I am so determined," she answered. 

"What will you do with the case, breth- 
ren ?" said the presiding officer. 

This seemed to stop them all — the ques- 
tion was too much for them ; at least, they 
hesitated to take it up. 

At length, Deacon Folley arose and said : 
" I move that Iola Graham be now expelled 
from the membership of Broad Creek church 
for the sin of renouncing restricted com- 

The motion received a second, and the 
chair put the question to the house. As he 
asked if there were remarks to be made, 
Bro. Jordan arose and said : 

" Bro. Moderator, this is a very delicate 
matter, and I regret exceedingly that it is 
before us, My duty to my church, however, 
will compel me to vote for the motion. No 
Baptist can do otherwise. Her course is a 
thrust at the stronghold of our organization, 
and we, as Baptists, can not be too prompt 
to condemn it." 

In a similar manner quite a number spoke. 
AH seemed to regret the necessity for such 


action, and yet they were ready to vote for 
the motion. 

At length the moderator asked : 

" Has the young lady any one to speak for 
her, or will she speak for herself?" 

To this she responded: 

11 I have no one to speak for me, but I 
will speak for myself," and she began: 

" I am devotedly attached to my church, 
but I have become convinced that our people 
hold to restricted communion without scrip- 
tural grounds for the practice. I have been 
urged to bury my faith in this matter for the 
sake of avoiding a difficulty here, i am 
anxious to shun all difficulties in this life, 
but the morel meditated on the question of 
duty in this case, the more I was convinced 
that I should stand up for the faith once de- 
livered to the saints and speak for myself, if 
need be. I therefore can not hold my peace. 

" To-day I appeal to you to go with me 
through the sad experience that has led me 
to this point. 

" I was brought up a Baptist. My 
father is a Baptist. I went to a Baptist 
school to be educated. I professed faith in 
Christ within these sacred walls. I united 

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with this church. Here I was baptized. 
These facts prepared me to believe as Bap- 
tists believe. I did so heartily and sincerely. 
Going home from the first business meeting 
held after I became a member of this church, 
I was shocked to find my dear mother 
gone. For weeks she had been in trouble, 
but I could not discover its cause. Finding 
her gone, I became alarmed. I feared she 
had become ill, or that some harm had be- 
fallen her. My dear father and I went in 
search of her. In the twilight of coming 
darkness, we found her, deranged and sick. 
In that moment I suffered such heart-an- 
guish as no tongue or pen can describe. 
Humanly speaking, my mother was a model 
Christian. I found her reason had been de- 
throned, and I feared through the grief 
brought to her heart because father and I 
could not fellowship her at the Lord's table, 
the rules of our church forbidding it while 
she was not a member of the Baptist church. 
She belonged to the Christian church. She 
said she bore this, though a burden, for 
father's sake, till I joined with him. When 
she saw that each member of her own dear 
family was cut off from her fellowship as a 


Christian, the thought crushed her hopes of 
becoming united in this life. The idea 
of disfellowship for a warm-hearted Christian 
mother became a heavy burden to my soul. 
But this, though terrible in itself, did not 
fix my faith in opposition to our church. 
For mother's sake, I did deeply regret the 
seeming necessity for non-fellowshipping her. 

" I wish here to state distinctly all this 
fact ever had to do with my change of faith 
was, that it led me to search the scriptures 
to see if these things were so — to see if in 
the Bible I could find any just grounds upon 
which father and I, as Christians, should re- 
fuse to meet my now sainted mother at the 
Lord's table. After the most painstaking 
examination of all that Jesus and the in- 
spired writers had said about the Lord's 
Supper, I was unable to find any passage of 
scripture justifying close communion. 

" I know that, as a people, we hold that 
one must be baptized by immersion before 
he can join God's people in commemorating 
the sufferings and death of the dear Saviour, 
but I can find no such directions in the Bi- 
ble. When Jesus instituted the Lord's Sup- 
per, he said, in passing the cup, ' drink ye 

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all of it,' by which I understand that he 
meant, not necessarily all of the wine, but 
that all of the disciples should drink of it. I 
know on this point our church decides who 
may and who may not partake of the Sup- 
per, but Jesus did not so restrict the privi= 
leges of the holy festival ; and I am quite 
sure Paul did not understand Jesus to limit 
its privileges to such only as had been im- 
mersed, for Paul, with emphasis, says : ' But 
let a man examine himself, and so let him 
eat of that bread and drink of that cup.' 
Surely, that sustains my views of open com- 
munion. Besides, the spirit of the scrip- 
tures, as a whole, sustains me. Reason also 
upholds the same idea. Did you ever see a 
reasonable father shut out a portion of his 
dutiful children from the blessings of the 
home? I do not believe that God is the 
Author of close communion — it is a human 

" So, brethren, in the main you have 
my reasons. I hold them in a pure con- 
science before God. I cannot do otherwise. 
I know I must be expelled from this dear 
old church, so it is needless that I speak 
further. Now I await my fate." 


As the brave but modest Iola took her 
seat, the moderator asked if there were any 
other remarks to be made. Not one ven- 
tured a reply. Iola's burning words were 
still ringing in their ears. Yet when the vote 
was taken, it was unanimous for her expul- 
sion from Broad Creek Baptist church, 
though many gave their consent in tears. 
Iola accepted the situation kindly and grace- 

After the meeting closed, they shunned 
the presence of the brave little championess 
of open communion. This was a bitter ex- 
perience to her mind and heart. She gently 
bore the cross, believing her cause was just. 

On the way home little was said, but oc- 
casionally words were exchanged, in which 
the father showed no sympathy for his noble 
daughter in the trials through which she 
was then passing — the fires of persecution 
burned pitilessly along her sad and lonely 

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" The fires of persecution burned pitilessly along her sad 
and lonely pathway." 



Chapter XIV. 

Vty^HE following Sabbath was communion 
iAij dav at Broad Creek. Iola accompanied 
her father to this service but took a rear seat, 
expecting to hear a sermon on close commu- 
nion. In this she was disappointed. Not a 
word was said — doubtless the pastor thought 
''prudence the better part of valor." With 
the burning words of the young girl and the 
plain facts of the Bible, he evidently thought 
it was wise to say nothing on that subject, 
for while all voted to expel her, he knew 
many were in sympathy with her in her 
open communion views. To discuss the 
question now might lead to a closer search- 
ing of the Bible, and it was only too likely 
that it would result as in Iola's case. 

Sunday afternoon, returning home, Mr. 
Graham said : li Well, daughter, what now ? 
You do not mean to live out of the church, 
do you ?" 

" What else can I do ? I have been ex- 


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11 Please do not speak of it in that way, 

"How then, father?" 

" Do not say that we expelled you, but 
that your views would not allow you to re- 
main with us." 

"As much as I delight to please you, 
I can not do so by making such a state- 
ment as that. Bfoad Creek church expelled 
me for holding open communion views, 
and I must so state it, because facts are 

11 So you do not propose to renounce your 
new faith and come back — be one with us 
again ?" . • ■ 

No ; I have no such purpose*, though I am 
unwilling to live out of the church — I must 
seek a spiritual home. 

11 Where do you think of going, Iola ?" 

"Allow me time, I am not fully deci- 
ded. I have been reading the doctrinal 
views of many of the' denominations, espe- 
daily have I examined the teachings of the 
Bible. At this time I am looking toward 
the Christians for a church home." 

" I hope you do not mean that, my child," 



"Because I know of no more objectionable 

" How is it objectionable'" 

11 Well, that is enough — my word ought to 
be sufficient, and you ought to accept it 
without question." 

14 That is all true, perhaps," said the inno- 
cent, earnest girl, " but I am searching for 
the truth. I do not wish to act on any ' hear- 
say,' I want the/acts. If you know any good 
reason why I should not go to them for a 
church home, please tell me, so that I may 
act intelligently." 

" My child, they are the worst people 
among us." 

" Pardon me, father, I do not mean any 
disrespect, but you told me that before. I 
wish the facts. Tell me why they are so bad 
a people ?" 

" I will do so. They hold and teach bad 

" Will you name one or two ?" 

"Yes, child. I will mention just one, 
which will be a bar to their success and use- 
fulness forever. One of their cardinal prin- 
ciples is this : ' The right of private judgment 
and the liberty of conscience is accorded to all 

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their members! Now, daughter, just that one 
sentiment will kill them, and it ought to, too." 

" Really," said the girl, " I admire that 
very principle." 

" Dear, dear me, daughter, surely you do 
not understand it. See here ! You can be- 
long to them and hold to any view you like. 
When they do a wrong thing, if called to ac- 
count for it, they plead the right of private 
judgment and the liberty of conscience in 
extenuation of that sin. If a drunken man 
is arraigned for the sin of drunkenness, he 
simply makes answer that he has the right 
of private judgment and the liberty of his 
conscience in the case, and they have to 
submit. The same is true of other sins. 
You can see at once how untrue that church 
is to Christ. I hope you do not mean to cast 
your spiritual welfaie with such a people." 

This was an unexpected blow to Iola's 
ideas and purposes. After some thought 
upon this new version of the principles of 
the CHRISTIANS, she approached her father 
and said : 

"Are you not mistaken? That principle, 
as you interpret it, seems so unnatural 
for a christian people to live under — I 


think you must have misconceived its spirit, 
to say the least of it." 

11 No, Iola, it is true. If you unite with 
them you must do so with this great sin 
looking you full in the face." 

" Well, you may be right, but that I may 
be certain as to that, I will v/rite to my 
mother's old pastor, Rev. T. M. Rickson, of 
Virginia, and ask him if that is a proper 
interpretation of that principle, as held by 
the Christians." 

" My child, you doubt my word ! I am 
surprised at you !" 

" No, father, I do not in that sense, — I only 
think you have misunderstood them. It is 
because of this, that I propose to write to 
Mr. Rickson." 

She addressed the following letter to him: 

Wynans Falls, N. C, 

Sept. 20, 1882. 
Rev. T. M. Rickson, 

Venice, Va. 
Dear Sir : ■■— I am a little confused. Will 
you kindly give me some facts touching 
leading principles of the Christians? It is 

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said that you allow your members, when 
guilty of unchristian-like conduct, to plead 
the right of private judgment and the liberty 
of conscience in extenuation of their sins, 
and remain in full membership with the 
church. Your church was my mother's 
church, and I am anxious to know the truth 
of this rumor. With much interest, my dear 
sir, I shall await your reply. 

Very Respectfully, 

Iola Graham. 

Chapter XV. 

JR. Graham, seeing she was determined 
to carry into effect her purposes, grew 
daily more fretful, and even unkind toward 
Iola. She bore it all patiently, and conducted 
herself as the same loving daughter she had 
been while in the Baptist church. 

A week had now passed since the posting 
of her letter to Mr. Rickson. The answer 
came. Iola was all expectant, and opening 
it, she read : 


Venice, Va., Sept. 25, 1882. 
To Miss I ola Graham, 

Wynan's Falls, N. C. 

In answer to your kind inquiry of Sept. 20, 
permit me to say, I am not surprised that 
you are confused by the rumor named in 
your letter. 

The right of private judgment and the 
liberty of conscience is a highly prized fea- 
ture in our distinctive principles, but the 
coloring given it in the rumor to which you 
allude, is as false as it is absurd. Permit me 
then to set at rest your mind by remarking, 

1. This principle among us applies wholly 
to matters of opinion — not of faith — about 
which good men and women have differed 
in every age of the world. To illustrate : 
Here is a Christian church, of which I have 
the honor to be pastor. In its membership 
are two useful Christian men. One of them 
is a firm believer in the doctrine of predesti- 
nation. The other is a strong advocate of 
man's free agency. They both live and 
work well together in my church, and not a 
word is said against it. Upon this point 
and upon kindred subjects, they enjoy the 
privileges of the fifth cardinal principle of 

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our church — they have and exercise the right 
of private judgment and the liberty of con- 
science, and they are happy. 

2. This principle in no way gives the right 
of private judgment, &c, to our members in 
questions of morals. It has no reference to 
morality. A misdemeanor committed in the 
Christian church is as promptly dealt with 
as in any other church. The Bible will cer- 
tainly point it out and condemn it as a mis- 
demeanor, and we take the Bible for our 
guide. You may rest assured that the CHRIS- 
TIANS will be the last to give disorderly 
members protection in their sins by any such 
use or abuse of this grand principle. 

3. If he who circulates such rumors 
should join one of our churches, and then 
falsify, backbite, get drunk, or steal, we 
should be pleased to give him a practical 
refutation of his unholy charges against us 
as a people — we should open our back door 
and send him out an expelled member. Then 
he might judge for himself as to the mean- 
ing of this great principle of the CHRISTIANS. 

I hope this answer may serve to correct 
the rumors to which you allude, and so give 
your mind relief in that direction, With 


many pleasant recollections of your now 
sainted mother, and with best wishes for 
yourself, permit me to subscribe myself, 
Your sincere friend, 


She read the letter, and then took it to 
her father, saying : 

" I thought you were mistaken, in your 
opinion of the CHRISTIANS. That letter 
clears up the case fully." 

" Ah, yes, child, you might have expected 
him to put it in that way so as to satisfy 
you long enough to get you to join his 

" Indeed, I did not even intimate that I 
was expecting to join his church. My re- 
quest was simply for the facts, and he has 
satisfied me." 

" Then you have fully decided to leave 
the Baptists and join the O'Kellyites, have 
you ?" 

" No, father, I have not left my church — 
I was driven from it, and that without mercy. 
But please tell me whom you mean by 
O'Kellyites ?" 

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" Why I mean that sect you propose to 

> » 

"But that is not their name; they call 
themselves Christians— simply that, and 
nothing more." 

" I call them O'Kellyites — that is good 
enough for them." 

11 Well, I think you might call them by 
the name they choose to wear. You are a 
great admirer of the Rev. Dr. Curry, a lead- 
ing Baptist minister of Virginia, and I heard 
him say once that it was not right to nick- 
name any people ; that we ought to respect 
them and ourselves enough to call them by 
the name they choose to wear. He is good 
authority among the Baptists. I think he 
is right." 

"But are you, Iola, going to join them?" 

11 I think they are the most scriptural of 
any of the denominations with which I am 
acquainted, and of course that means I am 
looking to them for a church home. Yes, 
my mind is settled on that." 

"Alas, alas!" Mr. Graham exclaimed, and 
left Iola alone. 

That afternoon new light was given. In 
her mother's trunk Iola found a small book 


called " The Declaration of Principles and 
Form of Government for the Christians." 
It was just what she wished, and she eagerly 
perused it from beginning to end, with the 
Bible and concordance to test the truth of 
all she found in its pages. Each step slowly, 
but surely, confirmed her convictions. 

A week later, Mr. Graham was in an un- 
usually pleasant temper, and seemingly 
much concerned for his daughter's happi- 

" Iola, my child," he said, ''you have been 
so long at home alone, and under such try- 
ing circumstances, would you not like to 
visit Hollins Institute, and spend a few 
weeks with your old teachers and school 

This so surprised her that she could not 
answer at once, remembering, as she must, 
how her father had been so displeased at her 
course of late. She could not expect so 
much kindness. At length she answered : 

" Father, many thanks for your kindness, 
but I do not feel just ready for such a visit." 

She, innocent girl that she was, did not 
suspect his motive. The truth was, he wished 
to get her under old influences, where she 

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had been educated, hoping that she might 
be induced to renounce the " open com- 
munion craze," as he had not very ele- 
gantly expressed it. When she declined he 
was disappointed. 

He decided upon another plan. This time 
he proposed to take her to visit some of his 
relatives in the city of R . Iola still de- 
clined, with thanks, assigning as a reason, 
that she, in her present state of mind, could 
enjoy retirement more than society. Of 
course, this was also a disappointment. Iola 
was his only child — he felt something must 
be done to save her to the Baptists. His last 
resort was determined upon only to see it 
fail. It came in this manner : 

" Iola," said Mr. Graham, "to-morrow I 
expect company to dine with us. Give us a 
dinner worthy of our guest and I promise 
you a handsome present." 

"Who will be the visitor, father?" asked 
the unsuspecting girl. 

" Dr. Jenkins, my pastor," was the reply. 
Iola at once saw the plan. She believed, 
how justly may be determined by the sequel, 
that Dr. Jenkins had been sent for to make 
a studied attack upon her open communion 


views, and if possible bring her back to the 
Baptist faith. 

Mr. Graham was very agreeable through 
that day, and the next, till dinner had been 
served, when he gracefully excused himself 
to meet a " pressing engagement," leaving 
Iola to entertain Dr. Jenkins for the after- 

Chapter XVI, 

UN good f a ith the innocent girl undertook 
the task of entertaining the Doctor, 
though suspecting the end of her father's 
"pressing engagement." 

Only a few words were exchanged in a 
general way, when Dr. Jenkins introduced 
the subject of her recent expulsion from 
Broad Creek Baptist church. He mildly re- 
buked her for holding views, which, accord- 
ing to Baptist usage, made her expulsion 

" Dr. Jenkins," said Iola, " I acted from 
principle, after a careful and patient study 
of the Bible touching the whole matter, and 


I do not regret the results so far, except, of 
course, it is unpleasant, painfully so, for a 
motherless girl, just entering the realm of 
womanhood, to have to submit to expulsion 
from her church." 

" My dear young friend," responded the 
Doctor, " you have allowed the thoughts 
and opinions of others under very trying 
circumstances to work upon your feelings, 
and finally upon your mind, till you have 
been led away from your church — the only 
apostolic church." 

" Beg your pardon, Doctor. You are mis- 
taken. The thoughts of others had nothing 
to do with my actions. A very bitter per- 
sonal experience induced me to study God's 
word. In doing so, I saw clearly the heart- 
less oppression to the conscience of the be- 
liever, in the rules of my church. Because I 
could not endorse such regulations, the 
church expelled me." 

" But, Miss Iola, you speak in ignorance. A 
Baptist church is the only scriptural church. 
If you leave us ." 

11 Leave you ! I have not left you. The 
church forced me to leave — the act was not 


mine, and, of course, I must have a church 
home some where." 

11 Well, where can you go — what church 
will you join?" 

" When opportunity is given, I expect to 
join the CHRISTIANS." 

" Why, I thought you were objecting to 
us because of what you regard as selfishness 
in us, and I am sure that sect is the most 
selfish known among the denominations." 

" How do you make that, Doctor ?" 

" Why their very name shows it, they call 
themselves the Christian church, and thereby 
imply that other churches are not Christian. 
If there be any deeper selfishness than that, 
I have not found it." 

" I am sorry you are not better informed, 

"What do you mean, Miss?" 
14 I mean simply this : When you say 
the Christians in any way intimate that 
they only are disciples of Christ you show a 
lack of information not creditable to a min- 
ister of your standing. So far from what 
you claim, the contrary is true. They re- 
cognize and fellowship as brethren all who 
give a credible evidence of a christian life. 

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They are also anxious that all followers of 
the Saviour should recognize themselves as 

Recognize themselves as christians? What 
do you mean ?" 

''I mean you'do not recognize your people 
as Christians* but as Baptists." 

" There you are far from the truth," an- 
swered the Doctor. "We do recognize our- 
selves as christians, but then we call ourselves 

" But, Doctor, can there be any good in 
that ?" 

" Oh, yes ! — it is distinctive." 

" How is it distinctive?" 

" Why, in this way, it separates us from 
the rest of God's people." 

" But, sir, what good can there be in that ?" 

" What good in it ? Why it keeps us to 
ourselves — separated from christians who 
differ from us." 

"What can that accomplish?" 

" Oh, it helps us to preserve our identity 
and keeps the Baptists in tact." 

" How long will it do that, you think ?" 

"Till— well, a-h-e-m! I-I-I-I don't 
know," doubtfully answered the preacher. 


"Certainly not when you enter Heaven, 
for I heard Dr. Hartwell, a missionary to 
China, while on a visit to this country, de- 
scribe the death bed scene of a Presbyterian 
missionary in that far-off land. He repre- 
sented him as a christian soldier dying in the 
triumphs of a living faith. He believed that 
Presbyterian went to Heaven, or he did not 
believe his own statement. Again, I heard 
a leading Baptist minister speak of a Metho- 
dist layman, who had just died, as "a warm 
hearted christian man, whose life bore living 
testimony to the truth and purity of his 
work and character in Christ." Said the 
Baptist minister, " I believe he is at rest. 
He was ready and willing to depart and be 
with Christ." Now, Doctor, I should like to 
know what good your people can get from a 
name which, at best, can only serve to keep 
you separated from other disciples of our 
Lord Jesus Christ?" 

" I admit some are saved who are not Bap- 
tists, but we think our duty requires us to 
walk only with them with whom we are 

" That, Doctor, reminds me of the ' whims' 
of two families of boys, who would not as- 

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sociate together while in the preparatory 
school, though they knew when they entered 
the higher school they would be compelled 
to associate. In this probationary state — 
in this life, where all Christians are prepar- 
ing for Heaven — the Baptists will not fellow- 
ship the larger portion of those whose robes 
have been washed and made whiter than 
snow in that fountain opened for sin and 
uncleanness, — the blood of Jesus, — although 
they know in Heaven they will fellowship 
the very saints whom on earth they re- 

" It may seem inconsistent to you, but we, 
at any rate, are satisfied. Our methods and 
regulations suit our purposes quite well." 

11 I admit that ; but tell me, does it suit 
God to have a part of his children, for whom 
Christ died, act in that way towards others, 
for whose salvation Christ also died? 

11 Further, Doctor, when you married you 
were the bridegroom and your wife the bride. 
Then the wife was married to the bride- 
groom ; and as such what was she called, by 
her maiden name, or was she called Mrs. 
Jenkins, in honor of the bridegroom to whom 
she had been married ?" 


" Why, Mrs. Jenkins, of course." 

" Now, then, do not the scriptures repre- 
sent Christ as the bridegroom and the Church 
as his bride ? As such, is not the Church 
married to Christ?" 

"Certainly; that is a plain Biblical fact, 
but what of it ?" 

" Well, if the Church, the bride, is married 
to Christ, the bridegroom, ought not the 
Church to be called in the name of the 
groom ?" 

"That depends," said the Doctor — 

" Upon what ?" quickly asked Iola. 

" If the heart be right, it matters little as 
to what name is worn." 

11 Oh, yes ! I see now — I understand what 
you mean. If your wife is in heart devoted 
to you, that is all that is necessary ; she need 
not wear your name, some other man's name 
will do just as well for her." 

"A-h-e-m, not exactly — I did not mean 
just that." 

"Ah! Indeed, the case is parallel — 
the principle is just the same. I think the 
Saviour has more right to complain at 
his church for not wearing his name than 
you would if your wife should refuse to be 

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called Mrs. Jenkins and claim to be Mrs. 
Joy. I think you would justly complain, and 
yet that is just what your people do ; being 
Christ's bride, they refuse to be called by 
his name, and call themselves Baptists." 

" Well, I believe the name Baptist is right, 
and that is enough." 

11 Right, did you say, Doctor? Then all 
I ask, to justify your claim, is to show me 
Bible authority for it — name the book, chap- 
ter and verse where it may be found, and I 
will vield." 

"But I told you we claim to be Christians, 
though we call ourselves Baptists." 

" Now I see your case exactly. Mr. Edi- 
son invented an electric machine, and he put 
his name on it. In a few weeks another 
man took Mr. Edison's machine and put his 
name over that of the inventor, so obscuring 
it and giving prominence to the name of the 
second man. Was there any justice in that ?" 
asked Iola. 

44 Certainly not. It was down right injus- 

" Yes, I think so. But, Doctor, is not that 
what your people are doing? Jesus Christ 
established his church and put his- name on-, it* 


Now you leave his name there and brand over 
it the word Baptist, thereby well nigh bring- 
ing into disuse among your people the name 
Christian, and making very prominent the 
name Baptist!' 

" Why not that way?" 

" My dear sir, is there any comparison ? 
The name Christian is in honor of Him who 
suffered and died for our salvation, while the 
name Baptist simply points to an ordinance 
in the church." 

Chapter XVII. 

jj^UT what is in a name? 'A rose called 
jyj! by another name smells just as sweet.' 
Sc, though a christian be called Baptist, he 
may be just as good as if he were called by 
the proper name." 

"A sin is a sin," said Iola. " If I call a 
rose a lilac that may not change its sweet 
fragrance, but it does misrepresent both the 
rose and the lilac, and a misrepresentation is 
a lie, I say it advisedly. So if the flower 
smells as sweet, that gives us no right to 

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name it falsely. Besides, what is the neces- 
sity for such a change? If a rose is a rose, 
whv call it a lilac? So, if a man is a ckris- 
tian what benefit is gained by calling him a 
Baptist r 

"With me it is a notion that suits me — I 
am satisfied." 

" So you claim to be one thing and wish 
to appear to be another, — that is, you profess 
to be a christian but you prefer to be known 
as a Baptist." 

" Well, what if I do ?" asked the Doctor. 

"Why the etymology of the two words 
shows that they cannot possibly mean the 
same thing. A Baptist is one character'and 
a christian is another, etymologically speak- 
ing," said the young girl. 

"As to the etymology that may be, but 
usage has made the word Baptist mean a 
follower of Christ." 

" But, sir, shall usage supplant words and 
forms of speech that are directly from the 
Master? What Paul said to Timothy, did he 
not also say to you? — " Hold fast the form 
of sound words which thou hast heard of me!" 

"What do you mean by words directly 
from the Master?" 


Doctor, I hold that the Bible shows us 
that God's people ought to be called CHRIS- 
TIANS, after Christ, and not Baptists, after 
an ordinance of the church." 

"You are very positive. How do you 
know that your statement is true?" 

" Well, sir, since I was expelled from the 
Baptists because of my open communion 
views, I have studied the matter very care- 
fully and prayerfully and I am satisfied the 
Bible justifies that statement" 

" Can you show me how it does that — how 
the Bible shows that God wishes his people 
to be called Christians?" evidently believing 
that the young girl had made the statement 
without comprehending its scope. 

" I think I can," she answered : ." In Acts 
11: 26, latter clause, are these words: 'And 
the disciples were called Christians first in 
Antioch." ' 

" Bless the child," said the Doctor, " that 
is just what I expected you to say. That is 
a misapplication of the scripture, for the 
name was given to the disciples by their 
enemies in derision, and was never intended 
by God to be a name for his people." 

120 iola; OR, 

" I think you are mistaken, Doctor. The 
Greek translated " were called," in the text 
just quoted, shows it was done by divine 
direction. Elsewhere, too, the same Greek 
word, clirematizo, is used to express that 
which is done by divine authority. It is 
nowhere used in the scriptures in any other 

" Are you sure of that ? Do you know 
Greek ?" 

" I have studied Greek some, so I am sure I 
am right. You may take your Greek Testa- 
ment and you will find what I have said is 
true. I will help you. Turn to Matt. 2: 12, 
22 ; Acts 10 : 22 ; Heb. 8 : 5, Heb. 11:7. In 
all these passages the root of this word is 
used, in one form or another and shows that 
the action was of divine authority." 

" Upon examination I find that is true, 
except the word Theou — " of God" — is not 
in the Greek at all, so you fail to show what 
you claim." 

Ves, Doctor, but in every passage I have 
quoted our translators supplied it, as though 
it were there, and properly so, I think, for 
the words used in these various passages, 


meaning to give divine sanction, instruction 
or authority, clearly imply the phrase "cf 
God." If this is done in the passages 
quoted — and it is — why not supply it also in 
Acts 1 1 : 26 where the same Greek word is 
used? Then it would read: "And the disci- 
ples were called of God Christians first in 

" That is quite well done for a girl, but 
you leave a doubt, — ought that " of God" to 
be supplied at all ?" 

" I think so, Doctor, but I can manage 
facts better than I can Greek, and I think 
you can understand them as well. So I will 
sustain my Greek by showing you that the 
giving of the name Christian is a fulfillment 
of prophecy." 

11 A fulfillment of prophecy, indeed ! 
Where is the prophecy? Show it to me." 

In Isaiah 62: 1,2, the Prophet is fore- 
telling the establishment of Christ's kingdom 
in the world — when the Gentiles shall be ad- 
mitted into his church. In the second verse 
the prophet says : 

"And the Gentiles shall see thy righteous- 
ness and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt 
be called by a new name which the mouth 

122 IOLA ; OR, 

of the Lord shall name." " Beyond all 
reasonable doubt this refers to the opening 
of the church of God to the Gentiles." 
"I grant that, but what if it does?" 
" Very much, sir. Go with me now, Doc- 
tor, to Acts 10: 45, last clause. It reads : 
* * " On the Gentiles also was poured 
out the Holy Gho:t," clearly proving that 
this was the time to which Isaiah alluded in 
the passage quoted above. In the next 
chapter and verse 26, immediately following 
the introduction of the Gentiles into the 
gospel church, the new name which the Lord 
had promised, in connection with his right- 
eousness, was given — and the disciples were 
called Christians first in Antioch. This was 
done, if we may believe the words of the 
prophet and the meaning of the Greek, by 
divine authoritv or direction. Then if the 
Greek translated " were called," shows that 
the calling was done by divine authority; 
and if the prophet said the Gentiles should 
be admitted into the Church of Christ, and 
that then a new name should be given his 
people by the mouth of the Lord; and, if 
the Gentiles were admitted at that time, 
and the name Christian was given just 


then to the disciples, I ask, in all candor, 
does not the Bible sustain me when I say 
God's people ought to be called CHRIS- 

11 I must confess. Iola, that there is more 
scriptural ground for your position than I 
had known before. I never saw that proph- 
ecy and its fulfillment in that light. If you 
are right, I am quite sure there was a reason 
for the new name. God does nothing with- 
out a reason. So far I have never seen any 
reason for a new name." 

11 Oh ! there is a reason, and a very good 
one, Doctor." 

" Well, let me have it then." 

u You know the Jews and Gentiles hated 
each other. When the Gentiles came into the 
church it introduced not only anew, but an 
objectionable, element. The Gentiles would 
certainly not be willing to be called Jews, 
and the Jews would not be willing to be 
called Gentiles, hence, in order to have peace 
in a church composed of both Jews and Gen- 
tiles, old party names must be given up and 
some new name substituted — one to which 
neither Jew nor Gentile could object. The 
new name CHRISTIAN was therefore given. 

124 IOLA ; OR, 

It was given by the mouth of the Lord, be- 
cause, if a Jew had given it, the Gentiles 
would not have worn it ; and, if by a Gentile, 
the Jews would not. When the mouth of the 
Lord named the Church, none wished to 
object — I. Because of the Author of the 
name ; and 2, because of the name itself. It 
had no Jewish feature in it, nor did it savor 
of heathenism. It swept clear of sects and 
parties, and pointed only to Christ. Here 
the God-given name has a decided advantage 
over sect and party names. Take for an ex- 
ample the name Baptist. It represents but 
one idea, and that belonging to controver- 
sials theology ; it unduly exalts an ordi- 
nance in the church, and has under usage 
come to be suggestive of strife and conten- 
tion. But the name CHRISTIAN represents 
all that is precious in Christianity, and calls 
up before the mind God in his love, Christ 
in his self-sacrifice, Christian fellowship with 
its tender and elevating influences, and 
Heaven in all its glory. Around it clusters 
all that is grand and inspiring in the whole 
system of salvation." 

" I confess," said the Doctor, " you have 
shown your side to decided advantage. But 


it is not practicable, for usage has made 
other names more common appellations for 
the people of God, so I do not see how you 
can hope to stand with so much against 

" Indeed, sir, I think I can hope to stand 
with the Bible. I have regarded Baptists 
as staunch defenders of the Bible, noted for 
taking what it says. Now if the Bible does 
not authorize your name, how can you wear 
it with an easy conscience?" 

" We have no trouble on that point, 
though the Bible may not authorize the 
name Baptist as it does Christian!'' /( 

" If you admit that, then you ought to do 
as I have done, and mean to do, renounce 
the name Baptist and wear only the name 
CHRISTIAN. If the Bible does not authorize 
the name we should not use it. Devout and 
great men, even in the earliest times have 
expressed clearly this opinion. Cyprian, one 
of the Latin fathers said : " God has testi- 
fied that we are to do those things that are 
written ; whence have you that tradition ?" 
Cyril, who lived in the fourth century, said : 
" It behooveth us not to believe the very 
least thing of the sacred mysteries of faith 

126 IOLA ; ok, 

without the Holy Scriptures." Jerome, who 
lived in the fifth century, said: "Those 
things which without the authority of the 
scriptures, men invent of their own heads, as 
from Apostolic traditions, are smitten of 
God." One of the martyrs of olden times 
said ; " I had rather follow the shadow of 
Christ than the body of all the general coun- 
cils or doctors, since the death of Christ." 
So, Doctor, if the scriptures do not authorize 
the name Baptist, I do not see how you can 
consistently wear it, knowing that the name 
Christian was given by the mouth of the 
Lord. We ought not to fight against God." 

11 Oh, you ought not to clamor so much 
for the name Christian — that belongs to us 
all." / if' 

" Yes, Doctor, I gladly admit that, but 
why do you not wear it since it is yours?" 

11 Because other names suit us better. Be- 
sides Baptist is a scriptural name. I can 
show you my authority from the Bible for 

11 Please do so, Doctor, I am anxious to 
see it. 

" Very well. Turn to Matt. 3: I. John 
is spoken of as a Baptist. He had many 


disciples and of course they were Baptists, 

" I admit all of that, but the point you 
make is against you." 

" How, I would be glad to know?" 
Well, in this way: John the Baptist was 
the forerunner of Jesus, hence his work was 
not under the Christian dispensation at all. 
Then John's disciples were not converts to 

" How do you know they were not?" 
" I know it, sir, because the Bible tells me 
they were not." 

" Please give me book, chapter and verse." 
11 Read Acts 19: 1-6, sir. That will satis- 
fy you beyond question." 
Turning to it, he read : 
11 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos 
was at Corinth, Paul having passed through 
the upper coasts came to Ephesus ; and 
finding certain disciples, he said unto them, 
Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye 
believed? And they said unto him, We have 
not so much as heard whether there be any 
Holy Ghost. And he (Paul) said unto them, 
unto what then were ye baptized? And they 
said, unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, 

128 IOLA; OR, 

John verily baptized with the baptism of 
repentance, saying unto the people, that 
they should believe on him which should 
come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 
And when they heard this, they were bap- 
tized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And 
when Paul had laid his hands on them, the 
Holy Ghost came on them ; and they spake 
with tongues and prophesied." 

" Do you believe it now, Doctor?" she 
asked with the brightness of conscious vic- 
tory beaming from her eyes. 

" Yes, you are right there, they were sim- 
ply disciples of John the Baptist." 

" Now, then, your scriptural authority for 
wearing the name Baptist, please ?" 

" There is no Biblical authority, I believe, 
but the devotion with which our people have 
fought for baptism by immersion entitles us 
to the name." 

11 Then it is the devotion of your people 
to immersion, as the mode of baptism, that 
gives them the Baptist name, and not the 
Bible. As a name it simply expresses their 
relationship to baptism." 

"I will admit that?" 

" That is not Bible doctrine. I wish to 


join a church whose name is expressive of 
the relationship we bear to Christ, as the 
Saviour of the world — a name given by the 
mouth of the Lord. I hope soon to be a 
member of a church whose name is all of 

" But the name is of little consequence, if 
the heart is right in the sight of the Lord." 

" Do you mean to say the name chosen by 
the mouth of the Lord is of little conse- 

<l I would not say that, but I think I can 
serve the Lord and be called a Baptist." >r 

"So can your bosom companion be your 
wife and yet wear a name not your own, but 
that would not please you. You see a name 
does mean something." 

"Oh! that is all a notion of yours, Iola." 

" Perhaps it is, but let us examine the 
matter. When I say George Washington, 
what do I mean ?" 

" You mean the first President of the Uni- 
ted States." 

" How do you know I do ?" 

'' Because the name shows it." 

" But, Doctor, did you not say a name 
meant nothing?" 


130 IOLA; OR, 

" I did, but of course, in this case it does 
mean a certain character." 

" If so in this, why not in other cases?" 

"To a certain extent it is, but any other 
man might be called George Washington 
and then it would not mean the same thing." 

"That but confirms the idea I am pre- 
senting. I claim that the character of the 
first President of the United States gives a 
meaning and power to his name, and then 
that name becomes his representative. So 
the character of a christian and the name 
combined gives meaning and power, and 
that name becomes the representative of the 
pure and godly life of the person wearing it. 
The name of a follower of Christ does mean 

11 1 think you are making a hobby of the 
name idea," said Dr. Jenkins. 

" Before you condemn me, let me illustrate 
my idea yet further. When I speak of an 
American, whom do you understand me to 
mean, Doctor ?" 

'• Certainly a native or naturalized citizen 
of America." 

" But how do you know that I do not 


mean a native and present resident of 
France ?" 

"Oh! that is clear enough. You never 
could get the name American to mean a 

" Why not, sir?" 

" Because the name shows what is meant ?" 

" But you say a name signifies little." 

" That is true in some cases, while in 
others its meaning is plain." 

" I see now," said Iola, " you mean to say 
that it matters little as to what a boy is 
named; John or William will not change his 
character, but when the name is the out- 
growth of one's character or nationality, as 
in the case of an American, the name does 
signify very much. Is that your idea, Doc- 

" Exactly that !" 

" Very well, sir. Is not the name Chris- 
tian the outgrowth of the character of the 
person wearing it?" 

11 Certainly it is." 

"Then you admit that the name Christian 
does signify much?" 

" I cheerfully admit that it signifies a fol- 
lower of Christ, Iola." 

132 iola; oft, 

May I ask you, Doctor, is not the name 
Baptist of the same class of names as that 
of Christian? That is, it is the outgrowth of 
distinctive features in the character of the 
person wearing it." 

" That is true, my young friend. I think 
you begin to see the matter in its proper 


"So you admit that the name Baptist, as 
applied to your people, does signify very 
much ?" 

"Yes, indeed. It signifies" 

" But stop, if you please, Doctor. I wish 
to ask you to give the significance of the 
name Baptist, both from the etymology of 
the word and from the character of those 
wearing it." 

" I will do so with pleasure, and to make 
the matter short, from both standpoints, it 
simply means a believer in baptism by im- 

" That is it, sir, I suppose. Now I have 
the difference in the people represented by 
the two names as taken down from your 
own lips. You say : 

"A christian is a follower ot Christ." 

" Yes, that is true." 

Facing the truth. 


" And you also say that a Baptist is a be- 
liever in baptism by immersion only." 

" That is correct, also." 

" Now, then, which would you prefer, 
to be known as a follower of Christ, or 
as a believer in baptism by immersion 
only ? You see the name of the follower of 
Christ — christian — points to Christ as the 
central thought of our hope of salvation ; 
while the name of the believer in baptism 
by immersion only — Baptist — points to bap- 
tism as the central idea of that people, with^ 
out necessary reference to Christ or Chris- 

" You must give me a little time to con- 
sider my answer to that point. I wish al- 
ways to be found on the side of the 

Chapter XVIII. 

YfY;HEN, Doctor, while you consider, I will 
§§AJ§ say this: According to your statement 
of the significance of these names, and I think 
you are right, the name Baptist draws atten- 

134 iola; or, 

tion away from Jesus and fixes it on a mere 
religious rite, and this rite may be christian 
or heathen, while the name Christian, chosen 
and given by the mouth of the Lord, points 
the believer away from earth and self to 
Christ and Heaven. I rejoice in the hope 
of soon being a member of a church whose 
name cannot be misunderstood by any Eng- 
lish speaking people, for the English lan- 
guage cannot prevent the name CHRISTIAN 
from meaning a follower of Christ. Other 
denominations may mislead by wearing 
party names, since the English meaning of 
their names indicate, as they do, merely 
human organizations. For instance, the 
name Lutheran means a follower of 
Luther. Episcopalian implies an adhe- 
rent to a form of government, etc. These 
names are confusing and misleading. They 
are wholly unnecessary, when we have given 
us by the mouth of the Lord, a name at 
once beautiful and so expressive of our rela- 
tionship to Christ— C H Rl S TI AN. I am 
thrilled at the thought, and I wonder who, 
that feels his or her sins forgiven, could look 
Jesus in the face and say I am a Baptist, or 


Lutheran, or Episcopalian, rather than say 
I am a Christian?" 

" But, Iola, you must remember we need 
some distinctive name, and Christian is not 

" Alas ! my dear sir, there are but two 
classes in the world, Christians and sinners, 
and when a person is a Christian I think that 
sufficiently tells where he is and to which 
class he belongs — it is simple and plain — it 
is enough. God gave his church this new 
name, and placed it above party influences, 
outside of ordinances or forms of govern- 
ment, knowing how hurtful these would be 
to his cause. He therefore gave a name 
truly and strictly in honor of the great Head 
of the Church — Jesus Christ." 

" You seem to think the name CHRISTIAN 
worn by the church militant would add much 
to its peace and harmony." 

" Yes, if, in wearing it, they would do so 
exclusively — leaving off the names of par- 
ties and sects. There is ro question but 
that the name of a people does more to 
bring harmony of opinion among them than 
any other one thing. It is a well known 
fact, Doctor, that your people — the Bap- 

136 IOLA; OR, 

tists — are far from being united on many 
important points of doctrine, and yet under 
the name Baptist they live in peace among 
themselves. Let me illustrate my idea : A 
comes into your church. He believes the 
doctrine of free grace, rejecting predestina- 
tion. He is an immersionist, and nothing 
is said : you fellowship him — he is a brother. 
Now here is another disciple, B. He is a 
Methodist, but believes in baptism by im- 
mersion, was immersed by a descendant of 
Ezekiel Holliman, baptistically speaking, 
but does not believe in predestination. With 
him the Baptist brethren often dispute on 
that subject, accusing him of unsoundness 
in the faith. Now, why this difference in 
their conduct toward A and B? Both be- 
lieve in free grace, and both believe in and 
practice immersion, Then, why is it? Mani- 
festly because one is called Baptist and the 
other Methodist. I am quite sure if all had 
been called CHRISTIAN, there would have 
been no trouble, or strife, or division among 
them. This establishes my. claim — party 
names in the church lead to strife and divis- 
ion and sin. In fact, I believe party names 
are a curse to the church to-day, just as the 


Jewish name was to the Jews when they re- 
fused to accept the new name which the 
mouth of the Lord had given them. In 
Isaiah 6$: 15 (read the whole chapter), he 
says to these unbelieving Jews: "And ye 
shall leave your name for a curse unto my 
chosen, for the Lord God shall slay thee, 
and call his servants by another name" — 
Christian. So, Doctor, I feel that the disci- 
ples of Jesus who to-day hold on to these 
party names instead of accepting the God- 
given name, find them a curse to their 
spiritual life, in the strife and division kept 
up among God's children." 

" Then you believe the name is a power 
for good or bad, for union or disunion." 

" Yes, sir. Were all God's people to-day 
called by the new name, divinely given as it is, 
in all probability nine-tenths of the division 
and strife among the various churches would 
never be heard of again. Of this the Chris- 
tian Church furnishes a beautiful exam- 

" I do not see how it does," added the 

" In this way, sir. The motto of the or- 
ganization is this : ' In Essentials, Unity; in 

138 IOLA; OR, 

Non-essentials, Liberty ; in all things, Char- 
ity' You see we all accept the essential or 
fundamental doctrines of the Bible as one 
man ; but when mere matters of opinion 
touching minor points come up, we give all 
liberty. They study and decide these matters 
for themselves, meanwhile we endeavor to 
be charitable to all and under all circum- 
stances. In matters of opinion they differ 
often, in kindness, but in these they are as 
far from doctrinal strife and division as the 
east is from the west Their success in this 
is due largely to the fact that they wear the 
name of whom the whole family in Heaven 
and earth is named — CHRISTIAN." 

"But as I have before said, Iola, taste has 
much to do with a name." 

"■Can you tell me, Doctor, a name that 
would be in better taste; a name more ap- 
propriate for the disciples of Christ — than 

"Of course it is in good taste, even appro- 
priate. Since you seem so wedded to this 
new faith, please tell me something of its 
history and leading principles outside of the 

" I will do so. From what I can gather 


the organization dates from Aug. 4, 1794. 
Rev. James O'Kelly, a giant among the 
Methodist preachers in his day, found the 
autocratic powers of the Bishop so distaste- 
ful to his sense of liberty in Christ that he 
withdrew from those brethren, and, after 
various conference meetings without any 
permanent organization, in a meeting held 
at Lebanon church in Surry county, Va., on 
the 4th day of August 1794, Rev. Rice Hag- 
gard arose and proposed that the brethren 
adopt the name CHRISTIAN to the exclusion 
of all party or sectarian names, and so put 
themselves on scriptural grounds. The mo- 
tion prevailed and the few followers of Christ 
went out from that meeting determined no 
more to wear a sect name. A short time 
after this a similar movement among the 
Presbyterians in the west followed, and the 
same is true of the Baptists of New Eng- 
land. Thus it seems that a great upheaval 
against bigotry was in progress. The Metho- 
dists of the south, the Presbyterians of the 
west and the Baptists of New England, were 
moving to a common center. At length 
each movement heard of the other. A mu- 
tual correspondence, followed, and, strange 

140 IOLA; OR, 

as it may seem, when these Methodists and 
Presbyterians and Baptists came together 
they found that they were already one in 
Christ. From the year 1800 to this present 
time they have laboied for the spread of the 
gospel among men without the help of a 
sectarian name. They have labored in the 
unity of the spirit, showing that no reason 
exists why Baptists and Presbyterians and 
other sects may not unite in christian work 
under the divinely appointed name CHRIS- 
TIAN. In this respect no movement since 
the days of Martyn Luther has been more 
remarkable, in fact it is perhaps without a 
parallel since the day of Pentecost when 
Parthians, Medes and Elamites, with many 
others, under the spirit's influence came to- 
gether and with one accord labored for the 
glory of God and the salvation of souls. So 
the movement from its very incipiency 
seemed to gather to itself men of different 
sect views, so pointing to the healing of the 
wounds strife and division had made in the 
church of Christ." 

11 That is remarkable, Iola, to say the least 
of it, if it be true." 

" If it be true ! The facts I have given 


you, history will sustain without a doubt." 
"But, Iola, I am anxious to know some- 
thing of their leading principles. Principles 
are of more vital importance to you in this 
instance than history. A pretty history 
does not signify soundness of faith." 

"Well, Doctor, I will take pleasure in dis- 
cussing with you their cardinal principles. 
They hold that as followers of our Lord 
they ought to show their love to God and 
men and their relationship and faithfulness 
to Christ in their name, practice, character 
and principles. 

"So they start out with the following: 

I. CHRIST is the only Head of the church. 

II. We wear no name but Christian. 

III. The BIBLE is our guide and only rule 
of faith and practice. 

IV. Christian character is our only test of 
fellowship and of church membership. 

V. The right of private judgment and the 
liberty of conscience is accorded to all^ 

" Wellj Iola, do I understand you to say 
that you can join the CHRISTIANS simply 
upon the basis of a christian character, re- 
gardless of the candidate's views of baptism 
and the Lord's supper?" 

142 IOLA; OR, 

"Yes, sir. If a man gives a credible evi- 
dence of his acceptance with God and lives 
a christian life so far as can be known from 
his daily walk, they receive him without 
prescribing the mode of his baptism. After 
he has joined the church he can be baptized 
by immersion, or pouring, or sprinkling, as 
his conscience may demand." 

"I am surprised at you, Iola." 

"Why, Doctor?" 

"You were raised by a Baptist father, 
educated in a Baptist school, baptized in a 
Baptist church, and now to think of joining 
a people, holding such views, I am surprised 
at you ! 

" Well, sir, will you please state your ob 
jections to this people?" 

" They are many. Christian character is 
a good thing, but other things can not be 
neglected. Baptism is essential to church 

" Where is your authority for this state- 
ment ?" 

"The ordinance was instituted for that 
purpose and should be so observed. When 
you receive a man by pouring or sprinkling, 
you violate God's law," 


I do not think that is true. The Bible 
nowhere says so, and besides, I have good 
baptist authority for my side of the ques- 
tion. John Bunyan was a grand good man 
and a Baptist. He says in his: 'A Reason 
of My Practice in Worship,' there is none 
debarred, nor threatened to be cut off from 
the church if they be not baptized ; neither 
doth it give to the person baptized a being 
of membership with this or that church by 
whose members he was baptized." 

'"But, Iola, he was not a good Baptist — he 
was unsound in our faith." 

"Yea, I dare say he was not, but he was a 
good christian and sound in the faith once 
delivered to the saints. I think his opinions 
are sustained by the Bible and accord with 
the spirit of Christianity." 

II Immersion only is baptism." 

" Can you, Doctor, give me one case of 
baptism by immersion, as administered by 
the disciples of Jesus?" 

" Certainly, a dozen if you wish them." 

" One will do, sir." 

"Very well, — turn to' Acts 8; 38, here we 
find that Phillip baptized the Eunuch." 

11 Was it by immersion ?" 

144 10LA; OK, 

"Certainly — no doubt about that." 

" How do you know ?" 

" Because it says so. Baptized means im- 

" If so, then the baptism of the Eunuch 
presents a remarkable case," said Iola. 

" How is it remarkable?" 

" Well, sir, if the unwritten law of Mason- 
ry should direct its chief officer to receive 
new members under certain forms and cere- 
monies, do you think he would receive them 
according to directions, or would he choose 
some new plan of his own?" 

11 Of course, he would follow the unwritten 
law, but what can that have to do with the 
question under consideration ?" 

" Very much, perhaps. Philip was preach- 
ing to the Eunuch, not from an unwritten 
law, but from the written. The Eunuch 
was reading from the prophecy of Isaiah. 
The passage was this: ' He (Christ) was led 
as a sheep to the slaughter, etc.' We are 
then told that Philip began at this same 
scripture and preached unto him Jesus, after 
which the Eunuch was baptized. Now in 
the very same paragraph — in the latter part 
of the preceding chapter — the prophet is 


telling of the work Jesus will do when he 
comes, and he says, " So shall he (Christ) 
sprinkle many nations" — Isaiah 52: 15. 

" Now the Eunuch learned his duty from 
Philip. Philip's text was taken from a 
paragraph in the scriptures in which it is 
declared that Jesus shall sprinkle many na- 
tions, etc." — that is under the gospel dispen- 
sation. So I say it would be indeed re- 
markable, if with a written law declaring in 
favor of sprinkling, and Philip preaching 
from that law, the Eunuch should learn of 
immersion as the only door into the church. 
With this law written so plainly, it is hard 
to see how it is so much misunderstood. It 
is hard to see how Philip could teach from 
that scripture immersion, and yet harder to 
see how the Eunuch ever learned immersion' 
to be the only mode of baptism ; still just 
after reading it and hearing a sermon 
preached from it he was baptized — how ?" 

" Oh ! Isaiah is talking of another matter 

" No sir, I maintain that the meaning of 
the Hebrew word here translated " sprinkle," 
is to sprinkle with water as a symbol of 

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purification. This answers to our idea of 

"But I insist that immersion is essential 
to church membership. The Bible says so," 
he declared. 

11 1 see you do not answer my arguments, 
Doctor, before you go on to something else. 
Is it because you can not?" 

" No, but I insist that the Bible is with 

" Very well, but please tell me how Philip 
and the Eunuch made that word sprinkle 
mean im merse ? ' ' 

" I am following the New Testament, my- 

" Does that sustain you ? If so, where?" 

"It does, Iola. In Mark 16: 16, we read : 
1 He that believeth and is baptized shall be 
saved ; but he that believeth not shall be 
damned.' " 

)' Yes sir, but it does not say that because 
one is not baptized he shall be lost. It says 
that only of those who do not believe. So 
belief, and not baptism, is essential to salva- 
tion, and the CHRISTIANS are noted as be- 
lievers. As to pouring and sprinkling I do 


not see that the passage you quote from 
Mark is against either." 

" Indeed, Iola ! I am surprised, pained, to 
hear such language fall from your lips. Bap- 
tize means to immerse." 

11 Perhaps, but you have not yet shown 
me how Philip and the Eunuch made 
sprinkle mean immerse." 

" The Greek word baptidzo means im- 
merse only, and that is enough." 

" I question that, too, Doctor." 

" What, in the face of the word itself ? 
Modern scholarship and the learned men of 
all denominations, agree that it means im- 

" Now, Doctor. I have two things to say. 
First as to the learned men. I have heard 
that time and again. I use to think it was 
true. I have enquired, and the state- 
ment is not supported by facts. The 
learned men of other denominations do not 
agree to such a thing. As to the meaning 
of the word itself, I wish to say that upon 
actual examination of Liddell and Scott's 
Greek Lexicon, I find it means to dip re- 
peatedly, to dip, to pour, to sprinkle. With 
all these meanings coming to us from the 

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Greek, the CHRISTIANS say it is impossible 
for human learning to determine positively 
the mode of baptism. Good and great men 
have always differed here. So there is no 
reasonable hope of agreement. Hence they 
allow the liberty of conscience as to the 
mode, and they avoid the bitter strife which 
controversy on that subject is sure to bring." 

" But, pray tell me what has baptism to 
do with the conscience? It is a command 
and not a matter of conscience at all," said 
he, with emphasis. 

" Peter differs from you about that. In 
I Peter 3: 21, we read that it is the answer 
of a good conscience toward God. Hence 
the Christians say to applicants for mem- 
bership in their church : As to the mode of 
baptism, that is a point of controversy about 
which the best scholars differ widely. We, 
therefore, urge you to study your Bible care- 
fully and prayerfully, form your own opin- 
ions, and in the fear of God be baptized by 
the mode which satisfies your conscience. 
Really, sir, you must admit they have 
grounds upon which to stand." 

11 It may be good ground for them, but 
not for me." 


44 But, Doctor, we cannot be the judge of 
another's conscience — before God he will 
stand or fall. So, when one asks for baptism 
by pouring or sprinkling, and pleads as his 
right to do so the passage from Peter, how 
can you deny him, his life being that of a 
christian ?" 

" We deny him because we do not believe 
his views are correct — he is wrong." 

"Then to come into your church you 
would require him to be baptized on your 
faith and not on his." 

" We do not ask that, but we do not bap- 
tize him." 

" Then you would turn away from God's 
church one of God's children — send him to 
live and associate with the world, out from 
the influences of the church ; and all this, 
not because he is not known to be a godly 
man, nor vet because he does not believe in 
baptism, for he does, but simply because he 
does not understand the mode of baptism as 
you do. On the other hand, here is a man 
who upon profession of faith is immersed, 
joins your church, and you fellowship him, 
though you know, as between the two, the 
christian character of the rejected man is far 

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more consistent than that of the one you 
received. You see you rejected the first, 
not because he was not a christian, but be- 
cause he could not follow you as touching the 
mode of baptism, while you accepted the 
other, not because his life was exemplary as 
a christian, but because he followed you in 
the mode of baptism. Now, Doctor, tell me 
candidly, what' do you think Jesus would 
say to such conduct as that on the part of 
his people?" 

" I am sure I have no means of knowing." 

"I think I have, Doctor; for in Mark 9: 
38, we find an incident which illustrates how 
Jesus felt about it." 

" To what do you allude?" 

" Why, to this, John went to Jesus and 
said : ' Master, we saw one casting out devils 
in thy name, and he followeth not us ; and 

we forbade him, because he followeth not 

» >> 

"Then Jesus said: 'Forbid him not: for 
there is no man which shall do a miracle in 
my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.' 

"That was- a different case." 

" Certainly it was, Doctor, but the princi- 
ple is just the same; and I think if you 


should go and tell Jesus that ycu had refused 
to allow a certain child of God to come into 
his church simply because he did not follow 
your views of the mode of baptism, he would 
in like manner say : 4 Let him come into the 
fold, and forbid him not.' 

"That is your view of it, Iola — that is all." 
"Yes, sir, and it seems to have -been the 
Saviour's view, too." 

" I wish to give you a case which I per- 
sonally know to be true," continued Iola. 
" I know a prominent Baptist who had in 
his employ a devoted member of a pedobap- 
tist church. The employer spoke in my 
presence of the high christian character of 
the man. He died a short while ago. His 
employer was much grieved on account of 
his death, and said, with feeling: ' He was 
a christian man, and died in the triumphs of 
a living faith, ready to meet his God in 
peace." Now. while all this was true, the 
Baptist employer would not meet this chris- 
tian at the Lord's table as a brother in 
Christ. The man was buried, and a Baptist 
man was put into his place. I heard the 
employer say that his new foreman was pre- 
sumptuous in a high degree, puffed up, and 

152 IOLA ; OR, 

unreliable ; and yet he was a member of the 
Baptist church in good and regular standing. 
With these facts known to him, the Baptist 
employer did not hesitate to meet this man 
at the Lord's table as a brother. I know 
this is not a supposed case — it came under 
my own observation, and I here vouch for 
the truth of the same. The pedobaptist, 
though rich in christian experience, could 
not be recognized as a christian at the Lord's 
table, but this unchristian-like character, be- 
cause he had been immersed, was made wel- 
come in the church. This makes me sav : 
You rejected the first, not because he was 
not a christian, but because he did not fol- 
low you ; and you accepted the second, not 
because of his godly lite, but because he fol- 
lowed you in the mode of baptism. Is it 
not so ?" 

" He ought to be baptized by immersion 
nevertheless, before coming into the church 
of Christ, as a member." 


Chapter XIX. 

f WISH you to answer this question : 
Was the principle, governing the case I 
gave, right ?" 

11 I am not the judge, Iola ; but after all, 
I do not see how you can admit people to 
the Lord's table before they are baptized." 

" Well, sir, I had said nothing about that ; 
but if you cannot answer the case just given, 
I will talk on baptism and the communion." 

" I will wait till another time to answer 

" That is the easiest way out of the di- 
lemma, Doctor; for the Bible will certainly 
give you no answer. In this respect you 
represent the Baptists — you do not like to 
have these questions agitated, and I dare 
say it is best {ox your cause to leave them in 

""Do what! W T ho is afraid to meet any 
question pertaining to Baptists' views? Not 
I, Not my people, if you please," 

" Very well, I am ready to talk with you, 

154 iola; or, 

Doctor, the best I can, on the communion 

" I understand you are going to unite with 
the CHRISTIANS because they practice open 

" That is true, sir." 

" But, my dear young friend, how can you 
so violate the Bible order of the ordinances ?" 

" I am not aware of doing so, Doctor." 

" Aware or not, you do it." 

"How? What is the gospel order?" 

" It is repentance, faith, baptism and then 

" Let us," said the Doctor," read Acts 2 : 
42: * And they continued steadfastly in the 
apostle's doctrine and fellowship, and in 
breaking of bread and prayers.' That is 
Bible order." 

Why, my dear sir, there is no close com- 
munion there. The sacred writer says not a 
word of the relation of the two ordinances, 
but that they continued in the apostle's doc- 
trine. The apostles, not one of them, ever 
said we must be baptized before we can go 
to the Lord's table, but one did say, let a 
man examine himself and so eat of that 
bread and drink of that cup. Besides if you 


make that the order of a religious life, you 
will have to be steadfast in doctrine and fel- 
lowship, in breaking of bread, all before you 
could pray. Now it seems to me prayer be- 
longs in the very beginning of a christian 
life— even people in seeking Christ before they 
have accepted Him, pray. See Luke 18: 13. 

"But Jesus taught that baptism must 
precede communion." 

"Where is that Doctor?" 

" I do not remember just now, but look it 
up — you can find it." 

"Doctor, you must do your own looking; 
when you point out the book, chapter and 
verse to me, then I will look. Till then, 
however, I shall claim there is no authority 
for that view in the Bible." 

"Why do you so much object to close 
communion, Iola?" 

" Plainly because it is unscriptural and 
unchristian-like, besides it makes your church 
appear as unchristianizing a large portion of 
God's people." 

" But Christ did not say do this in remem- 
berance of each other, but this do in re- 
memberance of me." Then would you 
change this solemn memorial of the suffer- 

156 IOLA; OR, 

ings and death of Christ into a mere symbol 
of fellowship ? No my young friend, your 
zeal may lead you too far. Whatever else 
we may do or fail to do, we must do this 
in remembrance of Christ." 

" I agree to all that, Doctor; so far I think 
you are right. Now, please tell me why it 
is when Baptists do this in remembrance of 
Christ that they are unwilling to allow other 
christians to join them in celebrating the 
Supper in remembrance of Christ also ? 
Please answer me." 

u But you do it in remembrance of each 

"Give me one case where that is true?" 
u Oh, there are many of them !" 
Well, if so many, just give me the name 
of one? 

" I do not just now recall one." 
" I think you do not, Doctor, for I never 
heard of a church celebrating the Lord's 
Supper in remembrance of each other, ex- 
cept through you. The truth is other 
churches no more do it than the Baptists do. 
That is the way you seek to mislead. You 
claim that others pervert it in use and pur- 
pose and therefore you can not invite them, 

Facing the truth. t§7 

but that is a sad mistake, and I still wish to 
know why you refuse to permit other chris- 
tians to join you when you partake of the 
Lord's Supper in remembrance of Christ? 
Baptists and Methodists, for instance, both 
do it in remembrance of Christ, they are 
both his children. Then why not com- 
memorate his sufferings and death like 
brethren together? 

" Well, I assert that the communion is a 
memorial of Christ, a communion with him, 
and not a mark of fellowship with chris- 

" I again admit that. Please excuse me and 
permit a personal question. Do you feel 
that by the grace of God you are a chris- 
tian r 

"I do." 

"Exactly; so do I. Now please tell me 
why we may not together go to the Lord's 
Supper and partake of the emblems, since 
we both do it as his children in remembrance 
of Him?" 

"Well, we do not invite all christians to 
commune with us, because that is a perver- 
sion of the ordinance and a violation of the 
command, " This do in remembrance of me." 

158 iola; or, 

" To whom was that command given?" 

" To his disciples, of course." 

"Certainly. Then if I am a disciple of 
Jesus what right have you to keep me from 
going to his table to commemorate his suf- 
ferings and death?" 

" We ask only such as have been convert- 
ed and baptized to come to the supper." 

" Such only as have been converted ! Ah ! 
I see now, you propose not only to believe 
for yourself, but for others, too. That was 
not Paul's idea. He said : ' Let a man ex- 
amine himself.' Paul also said : 'But why 
dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost 
thou set at naught thy brother? for we shall 
all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.' 
I fully believe that all whose christian char- 
acter is unquestioned ought to be permitted 
to do this in remembrance of Christ. Show 
me one word of scripture against this, 

" But it is no test of christian character." 

" I know that, Doctor, but it is a brother- 
ly and Christ-like recognition of christian 

"Admit that to be true and yet we must 


preserve the scriptural order of the ordi- 

" Scriptural order of the ordinances, what 
do you mean by that?" 

"We mean baptism first and the Lord's 
Supper second. That is the way they were 
given to us." 

" I have heard that plea all my life, as a 
Baptist, but since I have studied the subject 
for myself, I know you are greatly mistaken. 
That is not the scriptural order at all." 

"What is, then?" 

" Why the Lord's Supper was instituted 
before christian baptism. If you mean to 
follow the Bible order, you should all par- 
take of the Supper before baptism." 

11 Nonsense ! Iola, where did you get such 
an idea?" 

" From excellent authority, the Bible." 

"Impossible! The Bible teaches nothing 
of the sort." 

11 Yes it does, and you will not deny it, I 
think, after seeing it for yourself." 

11 Now, Doctor, will you tell me when chris- 
tian baptism —not John's baptism — was in- 
stituted ?" 

l6o IOLA ; OR, 

" It was instituted when John baptized 

" No, sir, you are certainly mistaken — that 
was only John's baptism. Paul did not rec- 
ognize it as christian baptism ; on the con- 
trary, in Acts 19: 3 — 6, he disowns it, and 
the disciples turned away from it, and were 
baptized with christian baptism." 

11 1 believe that is a fact ; but it does not 
show what you have claimed, that the Lord's 
Supper was instituted before christian bap- 

" When was christian baptism instituted, 
Doctor ?" 

" According to Paul, it must have been 
when the Holy Ghost was given, as it seems 
that was lacking in the first baptism of the 
disciples, in Acts 19: 3-6." 

"When was the Holy Ghost given, Doc- 

" It was given on the day of Pentecost, of 

"Yes, I agree to that. Now, please tell 
me when was the Lord's Supper instituted ?" 

" Why, on the night of the betrayal of the 

" Exactly so. Christian baptism was in- 


stituted on the day of Pentecost, and the 
Lord's Supper was instituted on the night of 
the betrayal of Jesus, or just fifty days be- 
fore christian baptism. So, if the Baptists 
would follow the Bible order of the ordi- 
nances, they would simply reverse their 
present practice and celebrate the Lord's 
Supper first, and then baptism — that would 
be the Bible order." 

" As a Baptist I cannot endorse that." 

"Then you cannot endorse the plain facts 
of the Bible, sir, for you must admit that I 
have established by the Bible what I have 

"Well, Baptists do not so understand it, 
they believe baptism is first and must pre- 
cede communion." 

" But, I tell you Doctor, the Baptists did 
not so believe years ago, and the English 
Baptists do not to-da\ ." 

"Where did you get that? I am sure you 
are mistaken." 

"I think not, sir. Art. 71, in the Baptist 
Confession or Statement of Principles, as 
adopted in England in the year 161 1, says: 

'All repenting and believing christians 
are brethren in the communion of the out- 

1 62 IOLA; OR, 

ward visible church, wherever they may live, 
or by what name they may be named, be 
they Roman Catholic, Lutherans, Zwing- 
lians, Calvinists, Brownists, Anabaptists, or 
any pious christians, who, in truth, and by 
godly zeal, strive for repentance and faith, 
although they are implicated in great igno- 
rance and weakness.' 

11 Again, in Art. 80, they say: 

I That none ought to be kept from the 
outward communion of the church, but those 
who remain impenitent and deny the power 
of godliness.' 

II In another Confession of about the same 
period, I find this plain declaration : 

' The Lord's Supper is the outward mani- 
festation of the spiritual communion between 
Christ and the faithful, mutually to declare 
his death till he come.' 

" Now, Doctor, I find nothing here of 
baptism preceding the supper. I will go 
further yet. LTpon examination of the early 
history of American Baptists, I find that 
their Confession of the year 1677 forms a 
basis for the Confessions of the Philadelphia, 
Charleston and other early Baptist Associa- 
tions. I am further informed that so good 



Baptist authority as Prof. Whitsitt, of the 
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of 
Louisville, Kentucky, admits that this Con- 
fession in its thirtieth article provided for 
this ' Loose Communion' at the Lord's Sup- 
per. Prof. W. claims that the author of 
this article was a friend and confidant of 
Bunvan, by whom it was probably inspired. 
Bunyan was an open communion Baptist, 
so was the distinguished Robert Hall, and 
so Spurgeon is now, with many others. 
Further, Benedict's History shows, on page 
497, that Hansard Knolleys founded the 
first Baptist church in America in 1838 or '9, 
and that was an open communion church in 

Chapter XX. 

'^yfOLA, I suppose the points you make 
( JL| from facts in our history as Baptists, are 
true, but times have changed." 

"True, Doctor; but I am persuaded that 
the Bible and its precious truths have not 
changed an iota, and I do not see how you 

164 IOLA ; OR, 

can try to wring from its sacred truths this 
selfishness at the Lord's table. I cannot 
believe that the Bible anywhere authorizes 
it. When Jesus instituted the supper, he 
directed that all of his disciples present 
should partake of it together. Afterward 
Paul expressly stated that every christian 
should examine himself. If upon this self- 
examination he could sincerely and truly 
partake of the supper, discerning the Lord's 
body, then he was to do so, and no man 
dared question his right. Now, if baptism 
had been a pre-requisite to the supper, surely 
Paul would have so stated it when he was 
giving the conditions upon which christians 
were to partake of it." 

"Iola, lam surprised at the course you 
are pursuing, fighting your own church and 
giving your influence to one so full of error 
as these Christians are." 

" In what does their error consist ?" 

" Oh, in many things!" 

" Name one, please." 

"Well, a leading feature in that church, if 
I must call it a church, is this principle of 
the right of private judgment and liberty of 
conscience. As held by them, it is one of 


the greatest curses of this day — it is doing 
no little harm." 

" Please show me wherein, Doctor." 

11 In this way. By allowing this principle 
to prevail, they license their members to 
commit any immoral act, and then plead this 
rule as a justification of the sin." 

" Be kind enough to give your authority, 

" Why, I have heard people say so again 
and again." 

" I tell you, it is not true ; they do 
no such thing, nor do they allow any 
such abuse of the right of private judgment 
and liberty of conscience. If you will read 
the statement and study the principle in- 
volved in it, which immediately precedes 
the one on the right of private judgment, 
you will readily see how absurd the rumor 
is, for when they require christian character 
as a test of membership, they could not con- 
sistently allow the principle of the right of 
private judgment to be so abused as your 
rumor would indicate. They do make that 
principle a prominent feature in their State- 
ment of Principles, but it applies wholly to 
matters of opinion on certain doctrines, and 

166 IOLA; OR, 

in no sense to morals. So, I beg you, disa- 
buse your mind and the minds of your peo- 
ple, of any such thought. The Christians, 
I am proud to know, are above any such 
evils in their principles or church polity.'' 

" But how do you know that, Iola ?" 

" In this way : My father presented this 
matter to me just as you have done, and 
I addressed a note of inquiry to my moth- 
er's old pastor in Virginia, the Rev. T. 
M. Rickson, a prominent minister among 
them, asking for the facts. I did not in the 
remotest way intimate to him a purpose or 
desire to unite with his people. His letter 
was clear and to the point. It satisfied my 
mind that there was no truth in the absurd 
charge which you say rumor brings against 
them. Here is the letter, you can read it 
for yourself." 

After reading it he said, 

11 Well, Iola, I have always thought it fair 
and just to let every denomination define its 
own views. The statement of Mr. Rickson 
is higher authority than mere rumors. I 
accept the correction," 

" I am glad to see you satisfied, Doctor, 


that I am not casting my lot with a shoddy 

" I have had a long interview with you, 
iola, at the request of your father, but I 
have accomplished nothing. I am sorry to 
give you up, but I am glad to see that you 
have not taken so important a step without 
careful stud}-. You are not moving blindly. 
You have posted yourself well — that is 
proper, a duty you owe the organization, 
and yet I hope you may reconsider and re- 
trace your steps — -come back to Broad Creek 

11 That hope is in vain', Doctor. My mind 
is fully made up to go to the CHRISTIANS. 
I cannot retrace my steps. The Bible would 
condemn every such step I might make and 
I should feel as if I heard the groans of my 
agonized mother in her last days on earth, 
while her sad and depressed countenance 
would haunt my very being — and it was all 
due to the exclusiveness of the Baptists of 
whom I was then one, but no more am I one 
of them. Indeed, when your church ex- 
pelled me for no reason except my devotion 
to open communion views, it forever set my 
face in another direction. I wish your peo- 

l6S IOLA; OR, 

pie no harm. May God bless them in all 
their work, which is according to his will. 
May he, too, help me to live 'the life of an 
humble servant and at last join my angel 
mother on the brighter shore." 

4< May God grant it, is my wish, Iola." 

" Thank you, Doctor. I hope, too, to meet 
many of the Baptists there, but I am quite 
sure I shall not see them there as exclusive 
Baptists. Such as get there will be simply 
CHRISTIANS, men and women redeemed by 
the blood of Christ." 

"I fear you will become unbalanced on 
the name Christian, Iola. Why may we not 
be Baptists in Heaven?" 

"You know Mr. Wesley dreamed of going 
to Heaven's portals, where he asked : 
' Are there any Methodists here?' ' None,' 
was the prompt answer. Any Episcopa- 
lians? No. Any Baptists? No. 'Then,' 
asked the great preacher in his astonish- 
ment, ' Whom have you there?' And the 
answer came clear and quickly, 'CHRISTIANS.' 
That is just what I hope to realize when I 
get to Heaven — no Methodists, no Presby- 
terians, no Episcopalians, no Baptists, as 
such, but I hope and expect to find many of 


these dear people in Heaven, and there they 
will be simply CHRISTIANS. May God 
grant it. I love them all." 

To this Dr. Jenkins made no reply, but 
excused himself and retired to have an in- 
terview with Mr. Graham, in which he 
expressed no hope of bringing the young 
girl back to the Baptists. He said all his 
efforts had accomplished nothing — that she 
could not be changed. 

Here Mr. Graham became enraged at his 
daughter's course and said : " If she must go 
to them, then she may stay with them and 
they may support her — for I cannot while 
she goes with that church." 

Returning home that evening, Dr. Jenkins 
found his family seated around the fireside, 
and to them he gave a most interesting ac- 
count of his interview with Iola Graham. 
He represented her as led under the grief of 
her mother's death to abandon close com- 
munion, and for that reason she had been 
expelled from the Baptists. At length 
Johnnie, the twelve year old boy of the 
Doctor, said : 

" Papa, why did they expel her?" 

170 IOLA ; OR, 

" Because she believes in open commun- 

"Well, papa, can't she believe in that and 
be a christian ?" 

" I suppose she might, my son, but not 
according to the Baptists' idea." 

11 But I understood you to say she is a 
christian ?" 

" Well, Johnnie, I suppose she is." 

" Can't all christians belong to the Bap- 

" Not unless they believe in close com- 
munion, my boy." 

"Close communion, what is that, papa?" 
"It is excluding from the Lord's table every 
person who does not believe just as we do 
about baptism. Really, my son, it is not so 
much close communion, after all, as it is 
close baptism ." 

" But, papa, what do you mean by close 

" I mean that only those who have been 
immersed by an ordained Baptist preacher, 
can come to the Lord's table." 

" Papa, does the Bible teach that doc- 
trine r 

"Oh, yes!" 


" Where, please show it to me ?" 

"Well, some time, maybe." 

" Then all who have been so baptized can 
commune, can they ?" 


"Then papa can't Miss Iola commune 
with us, for she was close baptized?" 

" No, no, my child." 

" I thought you said close baptized per- 
sons could." 

"Yes, I did, but — but — a-h-e-m — she 
can t. 

"Then, papa, can none go to Heaven but 
those believing in close baptism and close 
communion ?" 

" Oh, yes ! All who believe in sincerity 
and in truth in the Lord Jesus Christ, as 
their Saviour, will go to Heaven when they 

" Well, papa, if Miss Iola is good enough 
and strong enough in faith to go to Heaven 
when she dies, isn't she good enough to par- 
take of the Lord's Supper in a Baptist 
church ?" 

"Are you not sleepy, Johnnie?" 

" No sir." 

" It is time to retire — good night, my 

172 IOLA; OR, 

boy," and the dear little fellow was hurried 
off without an explanation, leaving him to 
solve the problem in his dreams, but he 
could not, and to this day he does not under 
stand this puzzling question. 

The next -day being the Sabbath, Iola de- 
termined to seek membership in the Chris- 
tian church at Percy's Chapel, and approach- 
ing her father, she said : 

"Will you please send me to Percy's 
Chapel to-morrow?" 

" Send you where, Iola?" 

" To Percy's Chapel." 

"What do you wish to go there for?" 

" Father, since I was expelled from your 
church, I have been looking for a church 
with which I may unite. I have decided on 
the CHRISTIAN church, after a careful and 
prayerful examination of the whole matter. 
Percy's Chapel is the nearest Christian 
church to me, and, though a stranger there, 
I have decided to unite with that church to- 
morrow, if you will be kind enough to send 

" I am surprised — more, I am mortified, 
to think that you will leave both your church 
and your father to go to such a people." 


" Father," kindly replied the young girl, 
11 I did not leave your church — I was un- 
righteously expelled from its membership 
for my open communion views. I was made 
to go — now I wish to go — I have a con- 
science, and I must follow its dictates." 

" If nothing else will do, you can go, and 
you may stay." 

At these unexpected harsh words, Iola 
burst into tears, but tears availed nothing. 
The next morning the driver announced the 
carriage ready, and so was Iola. She was 
neatly dressed, as becomes a cultivated chris- 
tian lady. Going to her father, who was in 
his accustomed seat, she placed her arms 
gently about his neck and tenderly kissed 
him, saying, as she did so : 

11 My dear father, I beg you be patient 
with me, and do not cease to love me. You 
know mother is gone, and you are my next 
strong friend. If my course is hard for you 
to bear, I beg you remember the trials 
through which I have come. Remember my 
dying mother, what suffering, and heart- 
anguish, I endured because of the terrible 
misfortune you and I brought upon her, in 
her last sickness. I know we did not mean 

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to do so, and yet we did it. Think of my 
course as kindly as you can. I expect to be 
home this afternoon, late," and she kissed 
him good-bye. 

Mr. Graham sat through this tender atten- 
tion from his daughter without emotion, and 
when she entered the carriage and drove 
away, he roughly said to a by-stander, " I 
hope she will get enough of her new friends, 
and that very soon." But Iola, poor child, 
knew nothing of the unkind remark, and 
went away feeling that little of happiness 
was at her home, but she grew brave to bear 
this, under the thought that she would secure 
peace of mind and an easy conscience in the 
step she was taking, though over a rough 
and thorny road she must walk alone to ob- 
tain so rich a possession. She had endured 
much with none to encourage her, save the 
gentle whisperings of her angel mother, who 
had suffered untold agonies of heart and 
mind in the same cause. 

Between her home and the church she had 
ample time for reflection. She loved her 
father devotedly, and never once attributed 
his severity toward her and her mother to 
any lack of love, but rather to the influence 


of heartless church rules, and, she might have 
added in charity, Christless rules, for Jesus 
never made such regulations as governed her 
father's conduct toward her mother and her- 

Once her home was a happy one. Now 
under the influence of Baptist exclusiveness, 
it is torn in fragments. It has sent her 
mother to an early grave, it has expelled 
Iola from her own church, and now it seeks 
to break the love of a father from his only 
daughter. Her mind was crowded with 
thoughts of her mother in Heaven, of her 
father with the Baptists, and of herself seek- 
ing a church-home among strangers, and, as 
if lost to all else, she began to sing in a low 
sweet voice that dear old hymn : 

"Shall we meet beyond the river 
Where the surges ne'er shall roll ? 

Wherein all the bright forever, 

Sorrow ne'er shall press the soul ?" 

As the sound of the last words died away 

she seemed to hear, as if an echo to her own 

voice, (perhaps the spirit of her mother was 
hovering near her,) a sweet strain, 

" Yes, we'll meet beyond the river 

When life's burden we lay down ; 
We shall change our cross of anguish 

For a bright, unfading crown." 

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Chapter XXI. 

(EACHING the church she sent a note 
to the pastor, the Rev. P. T. Knapper, 
saying she wished to unite with the church. 
It was quarterly meeting and communion 
day. Before the sermon he announced 
that by request he would open the doors of 
the church for the reception of members. He 
gave out hymn 468, 

"O happy day that fixed my choice." 

not knowing the circumstances that called 
forth this part of the services. While the 
congregation was singing a young lady, 
walked slowly up the aisle and took a stand 
near the altar. The pastor made the follow- 
ing public examination : 

" My young sister, have you sincerely and 
heartily repented of all your sins?" 

" I believe I have." 

" Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ 
as the Saviour of the world ?" 

" I do." 

" Is it your purpose through grace to live a 
godly life?" 

" It is." 


Then said the pastor: " Brethren and sis- 
ters, you have heard the examination of Iola 
Graham, who seeks admission as a member 
into this church. Is there any objection to 
receiving her ?" 

All was silence, and he gave her the right 
hand of fellowship and a hearty welcome, 
and, handing her the Bible, said : 

11 In behalf of the church, my young sister, 
I welcome you to our fold. Study the Bible 
carefully and prayerfully. Let it be the rule 
and guide to your faith and practice, and 
may God richly bless your association with 
us. May you be happy and useful in the 

Then the preacher gave out as his text 
these words : 

" That they all may be one ; as thou, 
Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they 
also may be one in us ; that the world may 
believe that thou has sent me." — John 17 : 21. 

He urged upon his hearers the fact that 
all christians are one in spirit, just as Jesus 
and the Father are one. He showed how a 
misinterpretation of this truth had in every 
age racked the church with strife and divis- 
ion, none of which had been helpful in 

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making the world better. He gave special 
emphasis to the reason win* God's people 
should be one in spirit, living in peace and 
harmony as brethren. Said he, " Jesus made 
it so plain that men blinded by sectarian 
prejudice even, can understand its import- 
ance, as presented in the last clause of the 
text, viz : ' That the world may believe that 
thou has sent me.' He fully elaborated the 
thought that sectarians, in fighting one an- 
othersobitterly overmatters of mereopinion, 
kept many from accepting the Saviour, thus 
retarding in a shameful manner the spread 
of the gospel. By way of contrast he showed 
how the united hearts and minds and labors 
of God's people had been singularly blessed 
in leading men to a saving knowledge of the 
truth as it is in Jesus. 

This was a feast to Iola. She knew only 
too well how fighting between professing 
christians had led to results so serious, in 
carrying misery and suffering, and, as she be- 
lieved, death into her home, robbing her of 
a fond mother. 

It was noticed by some in the congrega- 
tion that the stranger who had joined them 
was deeply interested, and occasionally a tear 


trickled down her fair cheeks. It betokened 
the emotions which were known only to 
herself. She understood, as few others could, 
the meaning of the pastor's words, portray- 
ing the evils of sectarianism. Indeed, it is 
a shame, a burning shame, that men profess- 
ing to love God, should ever say such hard 
things one of another, simply because they 
differ in opinions. 

Then came the communion. The pastor, 
after suitable remarks on the character and 
purpose of the supper, said : " We invite all 
christians of whatever name to join us in 
commemorating the sufferings and death of 
the Saviour in this supper. I would have 
each one personally examine himself or her- 
self, as Paul says : ' Let a man examine him- 
self, and so let him eat of that bread and 
drink of that cup." The service proceeded. 
In passing the emblems, one of the deacons 
came to an aged member of the Baptist 
church, Bro. Thomas Black. He was known 
in the community as a warm-hearted chris- 
tian, of unquestioned piety. His head was 
white with the late frosts of the autumn of 
life. He was feeble and lame and blind, a 
pilgrim standing on the verge of eternity. 

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The deacon felt he could not, and would 
not, pass him without an opportunity, per- 
haps the last on earth, to join in the celebra- 
tion of the Lord's Supper. One of the dea- 
cons asked him if he wished to partake. The 
old veteran of the cross said : " I do wish to 
unite with you in this blessed communion 
service, but the rules of my church will not 
allow me." The white haired father hid his 
face, as if in grief over the usage of his own 
church. The services closed. 

While the congregation was dispersing the 
pastor was offering a kind word to his new 
member. Accompanying her from the house 
to the stile, to their dismay they found the 
carriage had gone. Both were shocked. At 
that moment she saw for the first time the 
meaning of her father's words when he told 
her to "go and stay." Till now she had re- 
garded that remark as simply expressing his 
disapproval of her course, but he meant 
just what he said, and as she realized this 
she was heard to exclaim, as if alone : 

" Oh, this persecution ! May it make my 
life as a lamp that burneth to all who sit in 
the darkness of intolerance." 

Left among strangers, the pastor seeing 


her trouble, vacated his own seat and asked 
her to ride with his wife to Deacon Day's, to 
dine. Knowing her helplessness, she ac- 
cepted the kindness. No little curiosity was 
aroused. The pastor felt most anxious to 
know the history of his new member. She 
was beautiful, modest, intelligent and well 
dressed, but why she should be left at church 
in this manner was a mystery. 

After dinner Iola passed a note to the 
pastor, requesting an interview with him and 
Deacon Day. Arrangements were immedi- 
ately made, and in a short time she was in- 
vited to a private room, where she met both 
the pastor and the deacon. 

" I have sought this interview with you," 
she said, " because I know the circumstances 
attending my coming into your church, and 
being left there as I was, must seem strange 
to you. I am anxious to give you the facts." 

She briefly told the story of her history. 

" My open communion sentiments," she 
continued, " and a liberal evangelical faith, 
have thus rendered me a homeless girl, and 
it may seem to you that my father's action 
throws me upon your generosity for sup- 
port" ; and here she burst into tears, for her 

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father's treatment was more than she could 

At length, she said : 

" I do not wish you to feel that I have 
come to thrust myself upon your charity. I 
am willing to accept the burdens thus thrown 
upon me, for I am led by faith, I hope ; and, 
as I believe, I stand on principle." 

11 The sad story of your life has reached 
our sympathy. We are ready to do any- 
thing we can to be of service to you." 

" Many thanks for your brotherly sympa- 
thy and kindness. I am very anxious to 
work my own way, and all I could ask, or 
accept, is assistance to get employment." 

" What do you wish?" asked the pastor 
and deacon, simultaneously. 

" Oh," she said, " I am willing to do any 
honorable work for which my strength is 
sufficient. I prefer teaching, but I cannot, 
I must not be a burden to you." 

" I have a friend in C , now in need of 

a teacher. I will endeavor to secure the 
position for you," said the Deacon. 

" Thank you, sir, I wish you may succeed. 
I have no time to lose. Meantime, Mr. Day, 


will you kindly send to my father's to-morrow 
for my trunk? 

" Certainly I will — make yourself content. 
My house is yours as long as you need it." 

11 That is so kind, sir, when I am only a 

A few days passed, and Iola, though much 
of life was darkened to her, made herself a 
very pleasant companion to Deacon Day's 
daughters, so that new ties of friendship 
were formed, and they began to feel that 
she was one of them. 

When her trunk came, with it came the 
following note : 

My Dear Child : 

In answer to your request I send your 
trunk. I am a miserable man. My wife is 
dead, my only child is a wanderer, and I am at 
home, feeble and alone. You will regret 
your course, and that bitterly, before you 
are many years older. Perhaps the greatest 
trial of my life was to see the carriage come 
home last Sunday without you. It was 
hard, indeed. But I can not support and 
protect you while you give your influence 
and yourself to the building up of the Chris- 

184 IOLA; OR, 

tians, as you call them.. Sever your connec- 
tion with them and come back to your old 
faith, and all that I have shall be yours. 
My home shall be all you can ask, and your 
happiness shall be my pleasure. If you can 
not do this, then good-by. 

From your father, 

George Graham. 

11 I can't ! Oh, I can't !" she exclaimed and 
she wept as if her heart would break, and 
falling upon her knees in prayer she sought 
help from above. Especially did she plead 
for her father — that his eyes might be opened, 
his heart made tender and his love for her 
restored, meanwhile she was firm to her con- 
victions and determined to take hardships 
with an easy conscience, rather than personal 
ease with a troubled conscience. 

She had been in the family two weeks 
when the Deacon announced to her the fact 

that he had secured the school in C for 

her. This gave her very much pleasure, be- 
cause she did not wish to burden the kind- 
ness of her new friends. 

" We do not like to have you leave us, but 


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the gentleman wishes the school to open the 
first Monday in November, about one week 
from now. In order to do so, it may be 
necessary to go by next Thursday's steamer ; 

the " Mistress of the Sea" sails from W 

to C that day. You can then reach 

your new home Friday or Saturday. 

"Very well, sir. That will suit me. I 
will be ready Thursday." 

Though Iola Graham had been in the 
house only two weeks, there was as much 
ado over her leaving as if one of the family 
had been preparing for a year's absence. 
She had been so agreeable, so kind and 
thoughtful, that every member of the family 
seemed anxious to have her company. 
Thursday the parting was affectionate. It 
was like father and mother and brothers and 
sisters, parting with the eldest daughter and 
sister of the household. 

At 6 o'clock p. m., Thursday, she sailed on 
the " Mistress of the Sea," expecting to 

reach C Friday afternoon. The weather 

was good and the trip gave promise to be 
pleasant. At mid-night there was a fall of 
the mercury. A brisk wind sprang up and 
the sea became ro'ugh, but no danger was 


apprehended, meanwhile the noble steamer 
was plowing the face of the great deep, 
dashing into a beautiful spray the heaving 
billows, as if it were only child's play. Occa- 
sionally the billows seemed to come with 
renewed power against the vessel and a slight 
tossing of the great steamship was per- 
ceptible. The time made was unusually 
quick. What cared the passengers for the 
rough wind? They had long since retired 
and were sweetly sleeping. Why should 
fear of danger trouble them? — their passage 
was on the "Mistress of the Sea," a steam- 
ship whose pride was that she had never 
met a storm through which she could not 
ride with safety. Her speed was unusually 
rapid. Nothing was impeding her progress. 
The rough rolling sea seemed an unwilling 
aid in its onward march. The wind beat 
heavily against her; the splash of the wheels 
was as regular as clock work, and the rattle 
of the heaving engine spoke of the safety of 
the passengers. It is 3 o'clock and suddenly 
a sharp call and a heavy stroke at the doors 
of the sleeping passengers awoke them. The 
warning voice carried with it terror — the cry 
was, " fire /" The people were immediately 

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panic stricken. They ran here, there, every- 
where, — all in confusion. Already volumes 
of smoke were issuing from the engine room ; 
it was a terrible fact, the ship was on fire 
and with little prospect of extinguishing it. 
Meantime every one was adjusting the life- 
preserver. In the excitement Iola had been 
forgotten. It was supposed, of course, she 
was up and out of her room. The purser 
made another round and found all doors 
open, and the people out, except the one to 
Iola's room, — he quickly broke it open ex- 
pecting to find the young girl either still 
asleep or dead from fright. As the door 
gave way to his powerful stroke, lo ! what a 
surprise ! Was she dead ? No. Was she 
asleep? No. She was awake, alive, dressed, 
already rigged in her life-preserver and upon 
her knees in solemn prayer, as calm as at 
other times. Her face was uplifted to God 
— she was committing herself to His care 
and protection. 

Horrors, alas, the fearful fire is raging! 
Now it is said there is no hope of reaching 
land before the ship will be consumed. Men, 
women and children, are wild with the 
thought of facing so dreadful a fate, Some 


are screaming, some wringing their hands in 
despair, some have fallen to the floor in a 
swoon. Iola preserved a calm mind. When 
asked if she were not frightened, she replied : 
" I do not feel comfortable, but I have com- 
mitted my fate to my God. I am happy to 
rest on my confidence in him." 

Just then there was a fearful explosion on 
the lower deck and vast volumes of flames 
seemed to envelop the body of the steamer. 
The small boats were lowered to the water 
and they were immediately filled with terri- 
fied passengers, till no more could find room. 
Among those left to the mercy of the waves 
was Iola Graham. She held her position 
on the burning steamship till the fearful 
flames forced her to cnoose death in the 
deep rather than be burned. She maintained 
her courage. Before the leap into the water 
she looked heavenward and in agonizing 
prayer, cried: " O, God, thou art the same 
in the water as on the land. I commit my- 
self to thy keeping for Jesus' sake," and Iola 
was struggling with the restless waves of the 
deep. She had suffered at the hands of 
father and was strong, but now struggling in 

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the perils of waters, will she be strong in her 
faith in God?" 

Soon the steamer was burned to the waters 
edge and keeled partly over, and continued 
to burn. 

The tide drifted the passengers apart, a 

number of whom had followed Iola rather 

than suffer death from the flames. Oh, the 

perils of the deep ! The beautiful Iola was 

alone. She struggled long and hard to keep 

on the surface of the waters. That was a 

fearful Friday, a day long to be remembered 

by those who escaped death. Time and 

again Iola felt that she was going- — 

sinking, that she would soon be with her 

mother and her God. All through these 

hours of peril the life-preserver had kept her 

up. The day is far spent and Iola knows 

not whither she has drifted. She is nearly 

exhausted, she feels that she can not hold 

on longer. In the same calm self-possession 

she felt that even death would be a relief, 

from such exposure and peril. Then she 

seemed thrilled by the presence of the Holy 

Spirit and under this inspiration she rallied 

her strength and began to sing : 

"Jesus, lover of my soul, 
Let me to thy bosom fly. 
\\hile the raging billows roll 
While the tempest still is high." 


I 9 I 

" The Steamer was burned to the water s edge and keeled 
partly over and continued to burn," 

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From the first to the last word her voice in- 
creased in beauty and volume — it was 
enough. God had heard her prayer, he had 
given her strength to sing so as to be heard 
on shore, by one who went in a small boat 
in search of that sweet, rich voice. 

Iola was nearly delirious from exhaus- 
tion. She felt that she was almost over the 
river, where she would soon be at rest. But 
she heard the splash of the oar in the water. 
In her semi-conscious state she imagined she 
could hear the angel boatman from over the 
river coming for her. Soon she found her- 
self pulled at, and looking she saw a man in 
a boat, and that was the last she knew of 
his helo. After much effort he succeeded 
in pulling her into the boat, and made for 
the shore with all possible speed. He finally 
got her ashore and to his father's house yet 
alive, but still unconscious. All possible 
effort was put forth by the family to restore 
her. By ten o'clock that night they saw in- 
dications of returning consciousness. 

Different members of the family watched 
by her bedside through the night- with cease- 
less vigilance. By the dawning of the morn- 
ing- she was stronger and conscious. Looking 


around at the strangers, she said : " I wish 
you would tell me where I am, and how I 
came here. I know I have been rescued 
from a burning steamer, but I know noth- 
ing of the details. Who saved me? I 
remember some one coming to me on a 

" It was my son Edward who saved you," 
answered an old lady. 

" Who is Edward ?" 

" Edward D. Paul, my son. He was hunt- 
ing down near the sea, and hearing a voice 
on the water singing, 

' Jesus, lover of my sou],' 

he procured a boat and went in search of 
you. He thinks you were almost dead 
when he found you." 

" Indeed, I was. I had been on the water 
since about four o'clock in the morning. My 
last recollection is that I seemed to be going 
over the dark river. I saw at various times 
through the day my mother hovering above 
me as an angel. If God gives his angels charge 
to keep us when in peril, may it not be that 
my mother kept me from sinking till the time- 
ly deliverance at the hands of your son ?" 

" That may be. I believe that angels hover 


194 iola; or, 

around God's people in their times of need 
and distress." 

11 Please tell me where I am — in what State 
and county?" 

" Oh ! you are in county, North 

Carolina, near the Atlantic coast." 

11 How far am I from C ?" 

" Why, some fifty miles. What of it?" 

" I had started there to teach. I sailed 

from W on Thursday. About three 

o'clock Friday morning our steamer was 
burned, and by the goodness of God I am 
here, instead of being in the sea. My name 
is Iola Graham. I deeply regret that I am 
thus forced upon the kindness of strangers. 
You see I am helpless. If my life is spared, 
I will seek to compensate you, if you will be 
kind enough to give me shelter in your home 
till I am able to travel," 

"Oh, certainly! We count it an honor 
that God has chosen us to be his servants in 
taking care of you in this hour of exposure 
and misfortune. In entertaining strangers 
we sometimes entertain angels unawares. 
Be assured you are welcome, and what we 
may do for you will be counted a privilege." 

" ' Every thorn has a rose,' she replied. 


" If one must be exposed to the perils of 
the sea, it is indeed a blessing to be found 
by such noble-hearted christian people. You 
make me feel so much at home." 

" But you are too weak to talk — you must 
be quiet and try to sleep all you can, till you 
are stronger, or your exhaustion may develop 
into sickness," said Mrs. Paul. 

She promptly obeyed. Everything possi- 
ble was done for her comfort. Mr. and Mrs. 
Paul, as well as their daughters and son, felt 
that they had a treasure committed to their 
kindness, and they resolved to do their duty 
and leave the results with Him who rewards 
even a cup of cold water given in the name 
of a disciple. They did not know her, had 
never heard of her family before, unless she 
was of the Governor Graham family. 

Through Saturday she seemed to rally 
partially from the effects of her exposure. 
However, Sunday fever was developed, and 
by Monday she was unconscious. The 
family physician, Dr. Winborne, was in con- 
stant attendance, using all his skill to check 
the fever, but in vain. For three long weeks 
it was a struggle between life and disease, 
most of the time the beautiful Iola lay all 

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unconscious. Frequently she shuddered, 
and seemed as if shrinking from the pres- 
ence of some person. Then her face would 
glow with a peaceful smile, and she would 
reach out her pale, thin hands, as if to grasp 
another, and call : " Mother, mother ; my 
dear mother !" 

At the beginning of the fourth week she 
was improving slowly, and hope of her re- 
covery was entertained. Never were people 
kinder to a stranger than had been the Paul 
family to Iola Graham, through these weeks 
of suffering, though all they knew of her 
was from the few words she had spoken when 
she first recovered consciousness after her 
rescue from the sea. She had been unable 
to tell her own story, but her lovely face, 
modest mien and gentle words, even when 
delirious, had satisfied them of her high 
christian character. Thus they waited and 
watched by her bedside for weeks. By 
the middle of December she was able to sit 
up for half a day at a time. As returning 
strength enabled and encouraged her to talk, 
she asked if there was a Christian church in 
that community. 


" Yes," answered a friend, " and the Pauls 
are members of it." 

This gave her pleasure. She said she count- 
ed herself fortunate, as that was her church. 
She felt a real delight in the fact that she 
was with friends who could sympathize with 
her in her religious convictions and her de- 
nominational trials. To her surprise she 
learned that young Edward Paul, who had 
rescued her from the sea, was a deacon in 
this church. Though very young, he had 
been deemed the proper person to fill the 
office, because of his piety and intelligence ; 
he was a model young man, and filled the 
office with the dignity of one of maturer 

Her presence in the community had 
awakened a deep interest in her history on 
the part of leading citizens, but no one was 
able to satisfy their curiosity. She shrank 
from reciting the adventures of her own life, 
and her newly made friends hesitated to in- 
troduce the subject. Thus days passed. 

On Christmas Eve, Edward and his 
mother were in the library. Their conver- 
sation turned upon his work in rescuing the 
young lady from a watery grave. They 

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both felt a laudable pride in the fact that he 
had saved her. Said he : 

11 Mother, is there any reason why one 
who saves a lost treasure may not make that 
treasure his own?" 

"What do you mean, son?" 
"I guess you understand me, mother." 
" If I do, I see no wrong in it." 
" Thank you. I have thought there could 
be none, and if not, if I have recovered a 
lost treasure, why may it not become my 

Tea was announced and the conversation 

It was a pleasant evening, indeed. All the 
family was at home and Miss Graham was 
now well enough to join in the festivities of 
this merry season. 

Christmas morning was ushered in with 
real joy and merriment. By ten o'clock 
Iola asked to be excused, as she was not yet 
strong enough to endure the strain of con- 
tinued merry-making, and she retired to the 
library to rest. 

Edward came in, and entering the library 
began conversation with her. Soon allu- 
sion was made to her voyage on the ill-fated 


" Mistress of the Sea," and with a sigh she 
remarked : 

" The most unexpected things turn us — 
the whole of life — into the most unexpected 
ways. It was so in that instance'" 

" Yes, that is true;" as the poet has said, 

" God moves in a mysterious way, 
His wonders to perform." 

" I hope you will excuse the curiosity, and 
permit me to ask how you came to be on 
the " Mistress of the Sea?" 

" Oh, certainly, but the story is lengthy 
and may tax your patience." 

" Oh, no ! Besides, since I was permitted 
to rescue you I feel an interest in the 
events which led you to take passage on 
that steamer." 

She then proceeded with the sad story, be- 
ginning at Broad Creek church, graphically 
portraying the exciting and pathetic events 
of her life to the present time, and then she 
added : 

t; Now you know it all — why I am here an 
orphan girl, fighting my battles alone. It 
was all for conscience's sake, because I could 
not practice close communion." 

" Do not consider yourself alone, or an 

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orphan. Your martyr-like sufferings and 
your heroic struggles against bigotry will 
give you friends anywhere. More than ever, 
I feel that your sad coming has brought a 
blessing to us all." 

" I wish it, but I can not hope for so much 
to follow my misfortunes and sorrows." 

" Indeed I can, and do. The circum- 
stances of our acquaintance form an event 
never to be forgotten, and now that I know 
your sad history and your conflicts with 
sectarianism, I feel that we have entertained 
an angel unawares." 

■' Indeed, I am not entitled to so much 
consideration. I can not feel otherwise than 
deeply grateful for hospitality so unbounded, 
and yet your estimate of my coming is too 
high. It is the unfortunate in the warm 
hearts of the fortunate. I trust I may not 
tarry too long." 

" The opposite is the question with me — 
how can we keep you long enough ?" 

< Thank you," she said, "but I must soon 
leave, for my work, — when I am strong 
enough. The responsibilities of my living 
are upon my own shoulders." 

•' Where is your work?" 


" Oh, I have to look it up. I was to teach 

in C . But of course, now I must look 


" I can guarantee you a permanent situa- 
tion, if you will accept it, with light and 
pleasant employment." 

''Thank you. That is very kind." 

"The only question is, will you accept 
it, Miss Iola?" 

" I suppose I will, but tell me what it is, 

" I fear you may decline, or think I am 
joking. I am really in earnest. To tell the 
truth, it has been the theme of my thoughts 
since the day I found you in the sea." 

Anticipating the possible turn of this 
proposition just here, Iola did not answer, 
and then a blush, which betrayed them both, 
played upon manly and womanly cheeks 
alike. After a few moments of painful 
silence, he said : 

"May I tell it all to you?" and without 
waiting for an answer, he continued, " I love 
you and the desire of my heart is to know 
that you reciprocate my love." 

" Mr. Paul, you know how truly I esteem 

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you for your noble efforts in saving my 

" Yes, but those efforts developed in my 
bosom love for you, and nothing but your 
love in return can make me happy. My 
happiness is dependent on your will, and 
now I lay myself helpless at your feet, can 
you, will you be mine?" 

She gazed steadily at the red coals in the 
fire and her lips trembled. The whole mat- 
ter is in the balances, and she must decide it, 
and turning her beautiful eyes toward him 
she said : 

" You are too venturous. You are risking 
too much — you do not know me, you do not 
know that I am worthy to fill so honorable 
a position." 

" But I know this" he replied, " I am 
anxious to risk it all. I do not fear you will 
disappoint me as you intimate. Will you 
be my wife?" 

" I think you do not realize fully that 
vvhen you make that proposition it is to one 
who is now a wanderer from her own home — 
a cast off for her faith — among strangers. 
Perhaps you have not thought what it is to 
make such a lady your life companion." 


" All this has only made me the more de- 
termined to ask you, to urge you to become 
my wife." 

Here she bowed her head and her lips 
quivered under their burden of responsi- 
bility — she was deciding for life the weal or 
woe of two souls. Again looking into his 
manly face, she answered : 

11 I yield — I will be yours." 

" I am blessed," he said, " my happiness is 
complete," and they talked pleasantly of 
the vows taken and of plans for the future. 
At length Edward requested her to name 
the day of their marriage. "I am aware," 
said he, "that this looks like hurrying you. 
I do not mean to be hasty, but you are 
necessarily from your friends and relatives, 
and for this reason it might add to your 
happiness, and an early marriage will cer- 
tainly suit me." 

" I will answer that as soon as I can de- 
cide it in my own mind." 

"Iola, oh, Iola!" It was the voice of Jen- 
nie Paul calling, and Iola excused herself to 

In a few days the first Tuesday in March 

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was agreed on, and preparations were made 
for the happy event. 

On the day appointed she was married, 
and her new home was an elegant mansion — 
who was more worth)'? 

Chapter XXII. 

fj^c FEW days after her marriage she 
( X$k s addressed to her father the following 
very tender letter : 

M , N. C, March 12, 1883. 

My Dear Father : 

I have not heard from you since last 
October, except a few words from a friend 
by letter. Through her I learned of your 
sickness. I fear you are still displeased 
with me, yet I must write— I must know 
how you are. The day I left home, I 
joined the CHRISTIANS at Percy's Chapel, 
and through the kindness of friends I ob- 
tained a school in C , for which place 

I sailed on Thursday before the first Sunday 




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in November. On the way our ship was 
burned and I, after great peril and exposure, 
was rescued by Mr. Edward F. Paul. This 
was followed by weeks of sickness from 
which, however, I have recovered. 

Last Tuesday, one week ago, I was mar- 
ried to the gentleman who rescued me from 
a watery grave. I am happily married and 
comfortably situated. I am disturbed by 
your sickness, knowing you are alone. I 
hope yet to know that you love me. My 
course in church matters displeased you, but 
not of choice, it was in answer to the honest 
demands of my conscience — a plain obedi- 
ence to the teachings of the scriptures. 

I do not wish to write of things unpleas- 
ant to you, but I must say the memory of 
my days of bondage, religiously, even now 
stirs my soul till I feel I must do something 
to help free others who may be in like 

When I think how sectarianism hampers 
the servants of God in their worship, when I 
think how it led my dear mother to the 
verge of insanity, and to an untimely grave, 
when I think it expelled me from the church 
of my early choice, and finally turned^ me 


away from my dear father's home, where 
once we were a happy family together, — O 
Heaven, have mercy ! My heart aches as I 
look upon the picture. 

Surely you and your Baptist brethren will 
soon see this error, and turn from it. It is a 
" bone of contention," which carries so much 
sorrow, strife and discord into christian 
homes. Let us cease to fight one another 
with unkind words and bitter slurs. Then 
the church may present one solid, unbroken 
phalanx of workers against this selfishness 
and the power of Satan. 

But I must close. I love you still, dear 
father, and I hope you love your own Iola. 
Be assured if I can do anything for your 
comfort, you have only to let me know it, 
and I will soon be in the dear old home of 
my childhood's happy days, to do anything 
I can for you. I would be glad to do some- 
thing to make your last days on earth happy. 
If you will accept my service, I will come at 
once. I would be delighted to take you home 
with me. Then I could daily minister to your 
wants. Do let me hear from you. 
Your loving daughter, 

Iola G. Paul. 

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This letter was received at the old home- 
stead by Mr. Graham. He read it through 
blinding tears. It carried him back to the 
happy days when wife and child and him- 
self — a happy trio — dwelt together in peace. 
That was before the ugly hand of sectarian- 
ism had divided and distracted his own 
model home. Then, he was well and happy. 
Now, he is so miserable because of the past 
and withal a sick man, a great sufferer from 
inflamation, arising from the wound he re- 
ceived years before on the field of battle. It 
is fast wasting his strength and he is prepar- 
ing to meet death, which he feels is rapidly 
coming. He laid the letter upon the table 
and left it unanswered, — perhaps he was too 
feeble. A kind-hearted visitor, seeing the 
letter and supposing that the father would 
not, or could not, answer it, wrote briefly to 
Iola as follows : 

Wynan's Falls, N. C, March 28, 1883. 

Mrs. Iola G. Paul, 

M , N. C. 

Pardon a privilege I am taking. Visiting 
your father to-day, I find he is very feeble. 
I felt that you ought to know it. I saw 


your letter to him, and at once deter- 
mined to let you know his real condition. 
He is feeble — I think fast declining. The 
wound he received before you were born has 
inflamed seriously, and his strength is fail- 
ing. He is much alone, and seems to be in 

Yours truly, 

Mrs. Jno. T. Braxton. 

Upon reading this, Iola determined to 
visit her father at once ; and, if he would 
consent, to bring him to her home, that she 
might comfort him in his declining days. 
She spoke to her husband of her wishes. He 
approved her plans, and in a few days they 
were at the bedside of Mr. Graham. As she 
entered his room he was asleep. Awaking 
at her approach, he recognized her, and, 
reaching forth his arms, feebly exclaimed, 
" My child !" and father and daughter were 
again face to face. She saw a great change 
had come over him. As they sat by his 
bedside gazing upon the wasting form, Iola 
said very tenderly: 

" Father, we wish you to go with us home 
to spend the remainder of your days with 

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us, so that I can do for you and care for 

" Ah, child ! I fear I could not endure the 
fatigue of the journey, I am so feeble." 

" Yes, father, we can make you comfort- 
able, if you will consent to go." 

"Well, child, I do not know what is best, 
but I will do as you wish." 

" At home once more," she said, as she 
walked to and fro about the pleasant haunts 
of her early childhood, and she came to her 
mother's room. There was her favorite seat, 
and Iola, resting her elbow on the rim of 
her mother's old arm chair, stood and wept. 
A thousand thoughts pressed her mind, for 
the memories of other days were many and 

Everything was arranged and the trip was 
made without serious consequences to Mr. 
Graham. At Mr. Paul's he had every atten- 
tion. Iola was almost constantly at his bed- 
side ministering to his wants. 

He suffered much, and lingered through 
the lovely spring time, till the warm July 
days came, when he grew much worse. The 
end was not far away — every one could see 



" Iola, resting her elbow on the rim ofhsr mother s old arm 

chair, stood and wept," * * * * for the memories 

oj other days were many and sad" 

212 IOLA ; OR, 

that, and he himself felt, no doubt, the warn- 
ing touch of the fingers of Death. 

On the morning of July 7th, he seemed 
not only weaker, but nervously restless. He 
acted like one who has a hidden burden upon 
his heart ; meanwhile Iola was tenderly wait- 
ing and watching by him, anticipating as 
nearly as she could every want of her de- 
parting father. At length he looked Iola 
in the face, and pitifully said : 

11 Dear child, forgive and forget your fath- 
er's sad mistakes which brought upon your 
young life so much pain and sorrow. For 
weeks before you returned, I was troubled. 
I went as with a thorn in my flesh. My ex- 
clusive conduct toward you and your mother 
has haunted me no little. It was the sad 
mistake of my life, and has left the darkest 
spot in my memory. Oh ! I deeply regret 
it. Then I thought I was right ; I did wish 
to be right, but I went too far; I was too 
bitter towards others without cause. I 
heartily regret it all. 

" Now, with the judgment before me, and 
death fast approaching, my life is passing in 
rapid review. In all the mistakes of my life, 
nothing appears half so fearful to me, nothing 


so mars my prospect of peace as the thought 
of the many heart-aches I so unnecessarily 
gave your mother and yourself about your 
religious views. As I have gradually come 
nearer and yet nearer the dark river, I find 
that all those feelings of bitterness have dis- 
appeared, till now my soul is enlarged, I 
love every child of God. I would shut none 
out, I would keep not the least of his re- 
deemed from the Lord's table, or any other 
privilege, be he Baptist, Methodist, or any 
other, only if he is Christ's. 

11 I know we used to be hard upon our 
brethren of other persuasions. I was for 
one. May God forgive me, even in my dy- 
ing hour for this great mistake. Tell my 
brethren and sisters at Broad Creek church 
that my dying request and prayer is, that 
they no more oppose other denominations 
as they did formerly. Tell them that they 
cannot afford to divide and fight over mat- 
ters of opinion, so insignificant when com- 
pared with the theme of redemption, upon 
which Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, 
and all who have had their robes washed in 
the blood of the Lamb will unite in one grand 

214 IOLA; OR, 

universal song — even the song of the re- 
deemed in Heaven." 

He paused as if to rest, and Iola said : 

" I forgive you, dear father, a thousand 
times. Do not grieve over those dark days 
now," and while she was talking she saw he 
was sinking rapidly. In this sad moment 
she forgot herself and the past in her efforts 
to alleviate his sufferings. Convinced that 
he was dying she felt she must tell him of 
his real condition, and she tremblingly said: 

" Father, do you know that you are almost 
home? that you are now within the gates of 
the Beulah-land ?" 

"Am I, child ? Then ask Edward to pray 
with me." 

The request was granted. A warm and 
tender prayer was offered. As they arose 
they saw a halo of joy beaming from his 
face and his eyes seemed fixed on Heaven. 

" Beautiful, beautiful !" feebly lisped the 
dying man, and Iola, holding his hand said : 

" What is it, father?" 

'' I see the shining shore, and that bright 


city — its portals are open wide, the angels 
are sweeping through the gates." 

" Don't you hear them? 
Don't you hear them, 
Coming, coming over hill and plain, 
Scattering music in their heavenly train? 
Oh don't you hear the angels coming, 
Singing as they come ?" 

He was gasping and he reached his cold 

thin hand to Iola and said : " Good-bye." 

Then his face was bright, and looking about 

his bedside, he seemed to see the heavenly 

visitors, and, as if appealing to them, he 

whispered feebly but earnestly, 

" Oh ! bear me, angels, 
Angels, bear me home," 

and the end of an eventful life had come, — 
the angels had escorted the spirit of George 
Graham to the presence of God. 

Chapter XXIII. 

VjVHE death of Mr. Graham was a pecu- 
^JL!^ liarly sad one, not only grieving Iola, 
but it opened anew the painful heart-wounds 
in the history of her mother's life, and re* 

2l6 IOLA; OR, 

called the persecutions through which she 
had walked. She had been able to think of 
nothing else for days, and in her sleep the 
events of other years were passing in pano- 
ramic view, till she seemed to live over those 
days of pain again. 

At length there was a change. Iola was 
transported in a dream from the scenes of 
earth-born heart-aches to the Judgment. 

The Judge and a company of sect-preach- 
ers of different denominations, with their 
respective congregations, first attracted her 
attention. The Lord, in awful grandeur, 
was upon his throne, and the assembled uni- 
verse had gathered near, awaiting the final 
decision. Silence was so intense as to be 

The Judge called one of the preachers 
with his congregation forward, and said : 

" My servant, are all these yours?" Seeing 
he hesitated to answer, the Judge added, by 
way of explanation, " Did you win all of 
these from the world?" 

" No, Lord," the servant answered, " I 
persuaded some of them to leave other 
churches and come to mine." 

" Take these, my angels, who have been 


thus persuaded to leave other churches, and 
place them here alone." 

Then came another preacher with his flock 
to be judged. Said the judge : 

11 Are all these the fruits of your labors, 
my servant?" 

" No, Lord, I gathered a portion of them 
from the labors of others." 

" My angels," said the Judge, " take from 
him the souls he has taken from another 
fold, and place them with the others. 

Then came another preacher with a small 
flock, and the Judge said : 

" Are all these yours?" 

" Yea, Lord," the trembling servant an- 

•' Where did you get them ?" 

(< In protracted meetings, at the mourners' 
bench, in school houses, in the wilderness, 
on the mountains, in the valleys, in huts, 
in the palaces of the rich, in the country and 
in the cities. I went through the winter's 
cold and summer's heat ; I went on long 
journeys and lived on hard fare, with little 
pay, and with the world, the flesh, and the 
devil against me. Through all of this J 
sought and found them," 

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" Who are they, my servant ?" 

" Lord, they are Christians, for they have 
been redeemed and washed in the blood of 
Christ. They are thine, Master, — the 
sheaves I have gathered for thee." 

And the Judge said : " My angels, take 
and give to him the souls others, through a 
mistaken zeal, had persuaded to leave him- 
Give them to my servants, who did not 
proselyte, but sought to win their flocks from 
the world, leaving my people to enjoy their 
church-home in peace. It were a worthy 
effort to compass sea and land to save a soul, 
but it is a sin to proselyte my children, lead- 
ing them under mistaken light from one fold 
to another — they are all Mine." 

Here the faces of the sect-preachers be- 
came very sad. They looked one at another, 
and then drew aside for consultation. Their 
followers looked on in astonishment. Soon 
they returned and advanced toward the 
Judge. One drew nearer than the others 
and appealing to the Judge said : " Master, 
in behalf of myself and my brethren, I come 
to plead for mercy. We mistook our mis- 
sion, and much of the time we ought to have 
given to leading the lost sheep to the 

Facing the truth. 219 

Shepherd of souls, we have spent in proselyt- 
ing the members of other churches. Now 
we see our mistake. Proselyting is not the 
work thou gavest us to do, but pointing sin- 
ners to Thee is the work of our lives. We 
did wrong to trouble such as were already 
sheltered in the fold. We did it in ignor- 

11 Now, Lord, we come to ask permission to 
return to our fields and do our work over 
again, carrying the bread of life to the per- 
ishing, instead of a " bone of contention" to 
the saved. Grant us this privilege, and we 
will no more divide thy church with ques- 
tions which can do no good. If we may go 
back, the burden of our hearts and tongues 
shall be redeeming love and the salvation of 
souls. Spare us, we pray thee, to go back 
this once and then when thou callest us 
home we will come bringing in the sheaves 
from life's great harvest field." 

Said the Judge, " Permission is given, and 
you will go forth to teach the people — my 
children — to love God supremely and one an- 
other as members of a happy family. Let 
none array a brother against a brother. We 

220 I0LA; OR, 

need united effort on the part of ail my 
children to carry the world to the Cross of 

Here the Baptist, the Methodist, the 
Presbyterian, the Lutheran and the Episco- 
palian, with many other sects, hand in hand, 
and heart to heart, went forth as brethren in 
the Lord to bring sinners to repentance and 
faith in Christ. As they walked forth, the 
redeemed of Heaven, — they that had come 
up through great tribulations, they that had 
been saved by the blood of the Lamb, — 
struck all their harps of gold, and, in one 
rapturous strain, sang, 

"Glory to God in the highest," 

and as they went forth a united band of 
brethren in Jesus, proclaiming the good tid- 
ings of salvation to all men, the angel of the 
Lord followed after them, crying aloud, 
" Iphedeiah" — -the Lord sets free.